Ross Taylor Retirement: Veteran batsman Ross Taylor will retire from international cricket at the end of New Zealand’s home season. He has decided to put an end to his illustrious career that began with an ODI in Napier against West Indies in March 2006.
Ending speculation over his future, he confirmed on Thursday that the forthcoming two-match test series against Bangladesh will be his last series for New Zealand in the longest format of cricket. He will not play subsequent test series against South Africa & will retire by playing six ODIs against Australia & Netherlands later in 2022.
Ross Taylor’s last match will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch which will take his tally of tests to 112 to tie with Daniel Vettori to make him the New Zealand Cricketer to play most tests for his country.
“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. “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. I want to thank my family, friends, and all those who have helped me get to this point. There’ll be plenty of time for more thank-yous and reflections later in the season – but for now, I want all my energy and focus to be on preparing and performing for the Black Caps this summer.”
New Zealand’s Captain Kane Williamson also applauded Ross Taylor for his immense contribution to New Zealand Cricket.
“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. As a senior player and a leader in the group, he’s been a fantastic support person for me, especially out there in the field being able to tap into his experience.
“It’s a really exciting time for Ross when he can reflect on so many amazing moments throughout his career and I know all the guys are also looking forward to sharing the occasions with him as he is such a special player to this team”, Kane Williamson concluded.
A Glimpse of Ross Taylor’s Illustrious Career:
Ross Taylor who is the first International player to play in 100 matches across three formats has achieved a plethora of records for New Zealand in his kitty. His aggregate of runs (18,074), appearances (445), and hundreds (40) across the formats are the highest for any New Zealand cricketer.
He showed his mettle in the WTC final by clinching the winning runs for New Zealand against India earlier this year in Southampton. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is regarded as the turning point in Ross Taylor’s career.
He scored 324 runs in the tournament and formed the backbone of the Kiwi batting lineup. His glorious 131* runs knock against Pakistan at Pallekele guided his team from 175/5 to 302/7. He rose to glory by scoring a double century in the 2013 test series against West Indies.
The most important knock of Taylor’s career is undoubtedly the 290 he scored against Australia at Perth in 2015. Chasing Australia’s mammoth first innings score of 559/9, Ross came to the crease at 87/2 and put together a 265-run partnership with Kane Williamson to help the Black Caps take a lead in the match.
Ross Taylor led his team for the first time against Australia at Napier in 2010 when Daniel Bettori pulled backed off from captaincy. He top-scored for his team with a blistering 70 as New Zealand won the match.
Ross Taylor’s Glorious Records
Ross Taylor is the first New Zealander to have centuries against all Test-playing nations in ODIs and the sixth overall.
He is only the fourth batsman in the history of the game to have scored a century on his birthday.
Ross also holds the record for scoring the most number of centuries in Tests for New Zealand jointly with Martin Crow and Kane Williamson.
His aggregate of runs (18,074), appearances (445), and hundreds (40) across the formats are the highest for any New Zealand cricketer.