Ross Taylor says Black Caps not good enough
Ross Taylor admits the Black Caps "just haven't been up to it" against India.
New Zealand lost the five-match one-day international cricket series to the tourists when they fell 3-0 behind in Mount Maunganui on Monday.
It was another one-sided encounter as Virat Kohli's side – in his last appearance in New Zealand this summer – triumphed by seven wickets.
"You've just got to give credit to the Indians – they've been far too good in all three matches," Taylor acknowledged.
With New Zealand openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill again failing, Taylor tried to see the hosts through to a defendable total. He made 93 off 106 balls but his side was still dismissed for 243 with an over remaining that never greatly troubled India.
"We back ourselves to keep wickets in hand with the bat and we haven't been able to do that," says Taylor.
"India have put us under pressure for long periods of time and got wickets at crucial times. And in New Zealand if you're three or four down with still 25 overs to go, you're still a long way behind the game.
"We fought hard today but it just wasn't good enough."
India's spinners, the architects of their first two victories, took a back seat on Monday as Taylor and Tom Latham (51) tried to guide New Zealand through the middle overs.
"I think you've just got to be patient," says Taylor.
"You know they're going to bowl good balls; you've got to take it deep. If you lose wickets in those first two or three overs, they squeeze the new batter and it becomes very tough."
So the plan was to catch up later on with wickets in hand.
"Thats what we tried to do today ... I thought we did it pretty well for most of the time."
However, seamer Mohammed Shami shone for the tourists, taking 3-41 off nine overs while Hardik Pandya, included after his brief disciplinary trip back to India, conceded just 11 off his first five overs and ended with 2-45 from his full complement.
After romping to a series clean-sweep in three games against Sri Lanka earlier this month, the Black Caps have been comprehensively outplayed in all three outings against the form team in world cricket.
Taylor says India were obviously a step-up in opposition.
"And at the same time I think those key moments; India are winning them and putting us under pressure.
"When they've batted, we haven't been able to take those early wickets to put them under pressure and vice-versa with the bat - they've been taking those early wickets and putting us under pressure.
"The series is gone but there's still a lot of pride in the team, playing for New Zealand."
Game four is in Hamilton on Thursday.
"Hamilton has been a happy hunting ground for us as a team and obviously the World Cup is not far away, combinations to sort out."