Wellington: Ross Taylor has been appointed New Zealand cricket captain, succeeding Daniel Vettori who stepped down after this year's World Cup.

Taylor won the captaincy ahead of wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum after a lengthy deliberation.

He was recommended for the post by New Zealand's Director of Cricket John Buchanan, national coach John Wright and acting national selection manager Mark Greatbatch, which was unanimously approved by the board of New Zealand Cricket.

Chief executive Justin Vaughan said Taylor had been "an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and (had been) proved to be a very capable leader when he got an opportunity."

Taylor, 27, has played 30 tests for New Zealand, averaging 40, and 107 one-day international averaging 36.8.

"I've learnt a lot about leadership having played under Dan Vettori and I feel ready to take on what is one of the highest honours in New Zealand sport," he said.

Vettori was the youngest player to represent New Zealand when he joined the team in 1998 at the age of 18. He succeeded Stephen Fleming as captain in 2007.

Prior to the World Cup, all-rounder Vettori announced  that he was resigning from the test captaincy and was retiring from one-day and Twenty20 internationals as well.