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Following the conclusion of the upcoming series against Bangladesh, Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s most successful Test hitter, has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Taylor said on Thursday that this summer will be his final with the BlackCaps, capping a spectacular 16-year international career.
Taylor confirmed his intentions on the eve of the Test series against Bangladesh, which begins in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, confirming the two-match series would be his final in red-ball cricket before bowing out in the ODIs against Australia and the Netherlands later this summer, according to New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
Since his debut in 2006, the 37-year-old has been a fixture in the New Zealand batting order, setting a number of records and achievements, including becoming the highest run scorer (18,074) in international cricket and topping the appearances (445) statistics.
“Today I announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of the domestic summer season,” Ross Taylor wrote in a tweet. “I’m retiring after two Tests against Bangladesh and six One-Day Internationals against Australia and the Netherlands. Thank you for your unwavering support over the past 17 years. It is a privilege to be able to represent my country.”
- A Great Cricketing Career
Ross Taylor, who captained the New Zealand squad to victory in the ICC World Test Championship final in 2021, is retiring before the T20 World Cup in 2022 and the ODI World Cup in 2023. Aside from that, the ICC World Test Championship final will be place in 2023. This is a significant setback for the New Zealand team, as they are key members of the squad, particularly in Test and ODI forms.
Ross Taylor is the only international cricketer to have appeared in more than 100 matches across all three formats. Taylor led New Zealand to numerous memorable victories, scoring 40 hundreds and amassing 18,074 runs in 445 matches (ODIs, Tests, and T20Is). One of his most notable achievements is his winning four against India in the World Test Championship final.
Taylor has been a regular in the Blackcaps’ batting lineup in all three forms of the game since making his international debut against the West Indies in an ODI in 2006, and a driving factor behind their ascension to one of the world’s most fearsome teams in a golden period for New Zealand cricket.
He’ll bring his bat as New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in tests (7584 runs) and one-day internationals (8581 runs), where he’s now rated fourth all-time in international cricket.
He also owns the New Zealand record for most fielding catches with 346, the majority of which have come in the slips cordon.
Following his victory in the WTC final versus India, there were rumors that Taylor might call it a day at this point in his career. The veteran New Zealand batsman then disputed reports of his retirement, stating he still enjoys the game and wants to improve. “When I turned 37, I realized why New Zealand players retire at the age of 34 or 35. Everyone has questions and wants answers about my age, but I believe I am still capable of playing domestic cricket and would like to represent my nation”, Taylor explained.