New Zealand cricket chiefs issued a public apology to axed captain Ross Taylor, as a weakened Black Caps side prepared to depart for South Africa without the in-form batsman.
New Zealand's Ross Taylor raises his bat and helmet in celebration after scoring a century in the final Test against Sri Lanka on November 25, 2012. He has since been axed as skipper and replaced by opener Brendon McCullum.
Taylor opted to sit out the tour against the Proteas after being replaced as skipper by opener Brendon McCullum last Friday, leaving a gaping hole in the New Zealand batting line-up as the side faces the world's top-ranked Test team.
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