Taylor faces race against time

08 March 2018 06:54:35 EST

Ross Taylor is hopeful of making New Zealand's ODI decider against England on Saturday even though he won't be 100 per cent fit.

Taylor was the Black Caps hero in Wednesday's fourth match in Dunedin, scoring 181 not out to lead the hosts to a five-wicket win.

He needed attention to his hip and quad while also suffering cramp to his arm near the tail-end of his innings as New Zealand chased down their target with three balls to spare.

Taylor, who turned 34 on Thursday, made his 19th ODI century at University Oval as well as posting his highest score in the format. He came to the crease with the Black Caps at 2-2 after both openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill were out without scoring.

"I obviously won't be 100 per cent but we'll have to wait and see with the next couple of days off and give it the best chance possible," he said of his chances of featuring in the final game in Christchurch.

"I was just cramping in the forearm. I was thinking 'oh no'. It was locked forward when I hit it out to cover. How embarrassing.

"I hurt my hip in the last game, just the hip and quad. So I got the physio out and, as I batted on, cramp started setting in as well."

Taylor put on 84 with captain Kane Williamson for the third wicket and then played the lead role when he partnered Tom Latham. The pair shared in a 187-run stand and, when Latham was out for 71, it left the Black Caps to make another 63 from eight overs.

Taylor finished with six sixes and 17 fours in his 147-ball innings.

If he's unfit for the decider Mark Chapman, who has been added to the squad as cover, will come in.

New Zealand are 7/5 to win the fifth ODI, with England 4/7. Taylor is 4/1 to be the Black Caps' top batsman.

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