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Black Caps batsman Taylor back with a bang

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/12/2016

Ross Taylor has marked his return to cricket after eye surgery by blasting 82 not out to help Central Districts beat Auckland by 64 runs in a domestic Twenty20 clash in New Plymouth.

He got his runs off just 41 balls, smashing eight sixes among his 12 boundaries, as the Stags reached 213-5 at Pukekura Park on Thursday.

Taylor's previous innings was an unbeaten 102 in New Zealand's victory over Pakistan in the second Test in Hamilton in late November.

The 32-year-old right-hander then had surgery to remove a growth on his left eye, missing the Black Caps' 3-0 defeat to Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series.

"It's a funny one - my last innings was a hundred and now to get an 80 and contribute to a win was obviously satisfying," he said.

In reply, the Aces were bowled out for 149 with three balls to spare, a result that lifted the Stags to the top of the table.

Taylor took two catches, despite feeling "a bit rusty in the field", while young paceman Blair Tickner got his maiden five-wicket bag with 5-19.

Taylor said he hit plenty of balls during his time away, but didn't do a lot of fielding practice.

"It's nice to spend a bit of time there and get a couple of catches, even though they were on the boundary," he said.

"I don't field that often on the boundary. They try and hide me somewhere else."

Taylor is expected to return to the Black Caps team for the first Test against Bangladesh, which starts in Wellington on January 12.

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