Tuesday, 16 April 2013

IPL 2013: Ross Taylor

Fresh from their morale-boosting win over two-time champions Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, Pune Warriors India batsman Ross Taylor has warned his teammates to guard against complacency and be prepared for "tough" challenges ahead."It is a long tournament and we don't want to get carried away. We will enjoy the moment and get ready in two days' time in Pune. It is going to be tough," Taylor told reporters.Standing in for regular skipper Angelo Mathews who is not entitled to play here due to a ban on Sri Lankan players, Taylor led Pune to a comfortable win over formidable Chennai."We will enjoy the success of the team today. We know that Chennai are a good side and will come back stronger," he said.Asked if the performances of other foreign players put pressure on him considering the cap on their participation, he said, "Yes, there is always pressure on you as an overseas player because you know that only four can play. We have got Steven Smith playing his first game, and playing well. Luke Wright and a few others haven't had the opportunity and will be wanting to go out there and play."You are always under pressure and pressure is good, I think. It brings out the competitiveness in the team and it can only bode well for the team and team culture. Mitchell Marsh came in at five and Steven Smith batted pretty well at four so let us wait and see."Smith shone with a quick-fire innings besides taking three catches and asked why was the Aussie not played before the Chennai game, Taylor said, "I was not part of the selection committee before that but with the absence of Angelo here in Chennai, Steven was an automatic selection."He obviously took his opportunity with both hands. He batted outstandingly well and led the team well on the field with his intensity and catching.

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