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Taylor hints at Black Caps return

Deposed New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has indicated he could return for England's tour of the country next month.

Taylor, 28, was controversially stripped of the captaincy in all three formats last month and replaced by Brendon McCullum for the Black Caps' current tour of South Africa.

Taylor has remained at home after opting to take time away from the game after New Zealand Cricket issued an apology for the manner with which he was ousted.

The right-hander revealed today, however, that he is ready to make his return.

Taylor is set to play for his domestic side Central Districts before the end of the month, with England's tour beginning on February 9.

"All the best to the @BLACKCAPS for the second test. Looking forward to working my way back for the home series against England," Taylor wrote on his Twitter page.

"Back into training and it's going well. Can't wait to get out on the park with @CDStags on 24 January."

New Zealand Cricket chairman Chris Moller issued a public apology to Taylor shortly after his sacking.

"The board has reviewed all aspects of the captaincy issue and wishes to publicly place on record its apologies to Ross Taylor and his family for the manner in which events have unfolded," Moller told a press conference.

"Yeah, the ball's been dropped, absolutely. Could we have done things better? Absolutely. Are we going to learn from those mistakes? Well we hope so."

Taylor led New Zealand to a series-levelling victory in Sri Lanka in what was his last match before his axing.

In his absence the Black Caps crumbled to 45 - their lowest ever Test score against South Africa - as they lost the first Test of the current series by an innings and 27 runs in Cape Town last week.

England will fly to New Zealand following their current tour of India to play a three-Test series after three one-day and Twenty20 internationals.