Former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi is "keeping all options open" as he monitors the International Cricket Council's match-fixing investigation involving former New Zealand players Chris Cairns, Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent. Cairns cleared his name last year in the London High Court after Modi tweeted allegations in January 2010 that the former New Zealand cricketer was a match-fixer.
Ross Taylor is offering more than his share of leadership to the national team. Sir Richard Hadlee provided leadership as a bowling all-rounder rather than captain in his era; Taylor has the potential to do likewise as a batsman and slip fieldsman. He has nine test centuries after 51 tests (and 85 catches).