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Loss of vision explains Taylor's poor form

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/11/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Ross Taylor's deteriorating eyesight has been attributed as the reason for his poor Test batting form.

New Zealand management confirmed Taylor will see an eye specialist to diagnose a condition which has worsened over the last 12 months.

Coach Mike Hesson says the 32-year-old is in doubt for the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton starting on Friday.

He played little part in in the eight-wicket win in Christchurch, scoring 11 in the first innings and didn't bat in the second, with Henry Nicholls promoted to No.4 as New Zealand closed on their winning target.

Hesson is unclear how serious the condition affecting Taylor's left eye is and whether it has longer-term implications.

However, he has no doubt it has progressively affected the former captain's batting.

Since the tour of Zimbabwe in August, the right-hander has scored 103 runs in 10 innings at an average less than 12.

"It just appears his eyesight has deteriorated. Ross was keen to get it seen to," Hesson said.

"Ross had a further eye test on the first day of the game and certainly showed he needed to see a specialist."

Taylor fielded at his customary first slip throughout the Christchurch Test and held a low catch on day one.

Captain Kane Williamson revealed more about the condition, saying his team-mate's vision was affected by a "growth which comes across a little bit".

"It's a gradual thing as opposed to something that's very sudden.

"You want to make sure things are all in order. He's nursing it and wants to make sure it improves."

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