New Zealand star batsman Ross Taylor Announces Retirement from International Cricket
With the New Year fast approaching, New Zealand cricket team's star cricketer and former captain Ross Taylor has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
He played for the country for the first time in the year 2006. That cricketing cycle ends in April of the new year. Ross Taylor will pack up the bat-pad as soon as the current cricket season is over.
Taylor will end his career with a home match against the Netherlands in April. Ross Taylor's journey began with an ODI against the West Indies in Napier. And now, his career is coming to an end with a match at home.
Taylor posted on social media on Thursday that he is going to say goodbye to cricket at the end of season.
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 #234 pic.twitter.com/OTy1rsxkYp— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) December 29, 2021
Taylor made his ODI debut against the West Indies in 2006 and made his Test debut in Johannesburg the following year. He has played 445 matches for New Zealand in all three formats.
Taylor's score 290 runs in Perth in 2015 is the highest Test run by any batsman during a tour of Australia. Taylor failed to deliver in the Test series against India.
At the end of the year, the New Zealand star announced that he would end his international cricket career in the new year. Taylor, aged 37, has been rumored to be retiring for some time, however, he repeatedly expressed his desire to continue playing the game. But after the final defeat in the Test series on the Indian tour that ended a few days ago, there were question mark over his place in the team following the series.
Ross Taylor Career
And within a month of the series' conclusion, Taylor has announced the end of his long cricket career. He has amassed a massive and more than 10,000 runs during his International career in all formats. He has scored 7584 runs in 110 Test matches.