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Taylor back to face England

England will face destructive batsman Ross Taylor in both their forthcoming Twenty20 and one-day international series against New Zealand.

Former Kiwi captain Taylor returns as expected to the squads, announced on Thursday, after apparently re-establishing a working relationship with Black Caps coach Mike Hesson.

Taylor, 28, missed New Zealand's tour of South Africa after losing the captaincy in controversial circumstances during a previous trip to Sri Lanka.

But he will return under the leadership of Brendon McCullum for back-to-back series of three T20s and three ODIs, starting next week.

Taylor, currently beginning his comeback in a Plunket Shield match for Central Districts, is also scheduled to be up against England in two Twenty20 warm-up fixtures in Whangarei.

He is joined in the limited-overs squads by all-rounder Andrew Ellis, set to lead a New Zealand XI against England on Monday and Wednesday at the Cobham Oval.

Also in both the Kiwis' Twenty20 and ODI squads, for the first time, is Hamish Rutherford - son of former New Zealand Test batsman Ken.

The 23-year-old opener is the only uncapped player to be selected in squads which are still missing front-line seamer Tim Southee while he continues his recovery from a thumb injury.

New Zealand's national selection general manager Kim Littlejohn said: "There are a couple of changes that have been forced through injury, but essentially we want to be seen to provide continuity from one series to the next.

"We are, however, looking at developing talented youngsters and finding a new crop of all-rounders in our build-up to the Champions Trophy in June and the 2015 Cricket World Cup."

Hesson reflected on the inclusions of Taylor, Ellis and Rutherford.

"Andrew proved his worth with the team last summer, while Ross is a world-class batsman who is a key part of this Black Caps side," he said.

"Hamish has shown he is an explosive batsman, and we hope he can bring that form to the Black Caps."

Twenty20 squad: B McCullum, T Boult, I Butler, G Elliott, A Ellis, J Franklin, M Guptill, R Hira, M McClenaghan, N McCullum, C Munro, H Rutherford, R Taylor

ODI squad: B McCullum, T Boult, G Elliott, A Ellis, J Franklin, M Guptill, M McClenaghan, N McCullum, Kyle Mills, C Munro, R Taylor, BJ Watling, K Williamson