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5 best players of spin from New Zealand

S Samaddar
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
3.03K   //    12 Feb 2018, 09:44 IST

One of the teams that has always punched above their weight in international cricket is New Zealand and have become one of the more respected teams in the game.

That being said, they have also produced some of the leading batsmen in the world over the course of their cricketing history and many of them have proven to be exceptional players of spin bowling, despite the fact that New Zealand's domestic cricket circuit is dominated by seam bowlers.

Many of these batsmen have defied the odds and negated some of the world's best spinners on dust bowls to keep the team afloat. Here is a look at 5 of the finest that New Zealand have ever had.

#5 Ross Taylor

Second Test - New Zealand v India: Day 1

The former New Zealand captain is one of the best batsmen in the history of the country and over the past decade or so, Ross Taylor has become one of the most important batsmen in the batting line up.

The right-handed batsman is an unorthodox player, yet the way he plays spin helps him in getting on top of spinners on most occasions. His feet movement is excellent and in addition to that, he can play the sweep and the slog sweep.

Those two shots can seriously break a spinner's rhythm and he can play the cut as well if anything short comes around. Although Taylor did not have a good tour of India in 2016, he did perform well against the spinners in the sub-continent over the course of his career.

In 16 Test matches in total, he averages 34.25 and the 2012-13 tour of Sri Lanka is probably his high point when he scored 243 runs at an average of 60.75 in 2 Tests.

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