Ross Taylor bids goodbye to international cricket

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Veteran New Zealand batter Ross Taylor on Thursday announced that he will retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing domestic season.

Taylor hence will play his final appearance in the second Test against Bangladesh, where will will equal Daniel Vettori’s record of 112 tests for New Zealand. The 37-year-old will not feature in the Test series against South Africa, but will be part of the one-day international series in Australia in February and against the Netherlands at home in late March.

The fourth and final ODI in the series against the Netherlands in Taylor’s home town of Hamilton on April 4 will be his last appearance for New Zealand. “It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have,” Taylor said in a statement Thursday.

He tweeted, “Today I’m announcing my retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of the home summer, two more tests against Bangladesh, and six odi’s against Australia & the Netherlands. Thank you for 17 years of incredible support. It’s been an honour to represent my country. It’s been such a privilege to play with and against some of the greats of the game and to have created so many memories and friendships along the way. But all good things must come to an end and the timing feels right for me.”

Taylor, who made his Test debut back in 2008 against South Africa and played the first of 233 ODIs against the West Indies in 2006, will bid adieu to the game as New Zealand’s top-scorer in Test and one-day international cricket. He has scored 7584 Test runs with 19 centuries, second only to incumbent captain Kane Williamson, and 8581 runs in ODIs, ahead of former skipper Stephen Fleming (8007). His 21 ODI centuries also are a New Zealand record.

Taylor as also played 102 Twenty20 internationals, becoming the first cricketer to play more than 100 matches for New Zealand in all three formats.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said, “Ross has always been a hugely respected member of the side and we’re thankful for his contributions to the Black Caps over an incredible career,” Stead said. “His skills and temperament as a batsman have been world-class and his ability to perform at such a high level for so long speaks volumes of his longevity and professionalism.”

Williamson also praised the achievements of his long-time batting partner. “Ross has been at the core of the side for so long and can be extremely proud of having brought the game in this country to a better place,” Williamson said. “He’s a world-class player, our best with the bat over such a long period of time and personally it’s been a pleasure to be involved in so many partnerships with him across the formats. We’ve shared some pretty cool moments together — most recently the World Test Championship final which was obviously really special,” he added.

 

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