Taylor's breakdown of communications with Kiwi coach Mike Hesson, after he was stripped of the captaincy last year, has been well-documented. But after missing New Zealand's Test and limited-overs tour of South Africa, the destructive batsman is in the squad again for three Twenty20s - the first is on Saturday - and then three one-day internationals which follow.
England batsman Eoin Morgan said: "He is a big danger, a very successful one-day and Twenty20 cricketer and someone we look to as a possible threat in this series."
As for Taylor, it appears to be a case of so far, so good.
"I can't speak for anyone else, I can only say what I see myself and I haven't seen anything untoward towards me," he said, of his welcome back to the squad. "I've just been acting like my normal self, so I don't think there's anything there.
"There's probably still people outside the team who want to stir it up a little bit. We can't control that.
"There's a few cameras here ... and I'm sure they're here for a reason."
England, meanwhile, had a day away from the training ground after Wednesday's warm-up defeat against a New Zealand XI in Whangarei.
Morgan acknowledged that narrow setback was a disappointment, but added there was good reason to draw encouragement too.
"All our preparation matters and having a great test yesterday was brilliant for us," he said. "Often you go into warm-up games and dominate ... and we are looking forward to Saturday now."