New Zealand will be embarking on its tour to South Africa without Ross Taylor.

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed this morning that Taylor has been axed as Black Caps captain, and will not travel with the team on its tour of South Africa.

Brendon McCullum will take over as captain in all three forms of the game.

Taylor was stripped of the one-day and T20 captaincy roles, but was offered the Test captaincy which he turned down.

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