Wellington, Jun 21 (AP) Ross Taylor has been appointed New Zealand cricket captain, succeeding Daniel Vettori who stepped down after this year's World Cup.
Taylor won the captaincy ahead of wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum after a lengthy deliberation.
He was recommended for the position by New Zealand's Director of Cricket John Buchanan, national coach John Wright and acting national selection manager Mark Greatbatch, and unanimously approved by the board of New Zealand Cricket.
Chief executive Justin Vaughan said Taylor had been "an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and (had been) shown to be a very capable leader when he has had the opportunity."
"The process to select the captain has been robust," he said. "We wanted to make sure the right people were involved and that we appointed the right man for the job — I'm sure we have done that.