Wellington: Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has said he would have come out to bat despite a broken arm to help save the third Test against South Africa in Wellington. Taylor had to retire hurt on the fourth day after he was hit by a short ball from Morne Morkel and had surgery on the fifth. He was not needed in the end, as New Zealand hung on for a draw at Basin Reserve six wickets down.
"I was hoping not to [bat]", Taylor said a day after the Test. "I was back at the hotel with about 10 overs to go and then I got the phone call to ask whether I could bat. I thought you don't often get to save a Test match, so I drove down. In the Wellington traffic it took me about five overs to get there, but the boys were looking pretty solid so I didn't have to don the whites.''
New Zealand, who needed to survive 81 overs, were in trouble when they lost half their side in 36 overs. However, Kane Williamson's rearguard century and his partnerships with Kruger van Wyk and Doug Bracewell salvaged a draw for the hosts. South Africa won the three-Test series 1-0.