Ross Taylor is retiring from International Cricket, this will be his final series.
Right at this point going on Test Runs, he is arguably NZs best batsman of all time. Clearly Kane will over take him very soon and Crowe is hard to place as he was not in such a team to be supported so one could make the argument he is the best of all time over Kane and Ross. Its very hard to place the 3. I think Martin shouldnt be rated as he is far more than numbers and stats, he was THE team at points in time, to score like he did and still be up and around these 2 other players cannot be over stated for importance.
Going to be a fight for his position with a number of young guys in the mix. But Id have thought GP has to be given a chance, even if moving Nicholls up the order. I think would be a mistake to play Mitchell, especially at 4. Also with Nicholls being under selection strain last season and got an overtly lucky 170, if he fails a number of times he also might be up for grabs, but Im sure if he does get dropped he will work on his consistency at FC level and not be out for long. GP is the only young player I can see that they were grooming for replacement of aging players (particularly Taylor). GP reminds me of Michael Clarke. Clarke had a similar downfall early on which was not hitting the ball along the deck often enough, he was caught out in covers a lot, where GP gets caught on the boundary. He needs to learn only play the 6 into open areas and in the others play it along the carpet. Either way, he would be good to get the run rate that often stagnates. Which is where Taylor would get things moving again, so need a similar style of player. Even if GP only ends up averaging high 30s, but Im sure he would be a 40-45 player, given many players end up scoring higher at Test level than FC. Marnus for Aus would be the most extreme example of that.