Kiwi veteran to bid adieu soon?

, Six Sports

Ross Taylor, the highest run-getter in Tests and ODIs by any Kiwi batter, is all set to begin a second innings in life. A cricketer with more than 100 appearances across all formats, Taylor will bid adieu from international cricket after the ODI matches against Australia and Netherlands in February and March.

His last appearance in Tests will be against Bangladesh in the upcoming series starting from January 1.

A player with immense contribution in world cricket will definitely be missed as the cornerstone in the Blackcaps batting lineup. Taylor made his debut back in 2006 and has since then played the most number of matches(445) and most number of runs(18,074) by any New Zealand batter.

Over the last few years, New Zealand cricket has reached new highs from being the runners-up in two consecutive ODI World Cups, finalists in the 2021 WT20 to being the WTC champions.

The experience of Taylor had always been an asset for Kane Williamson and his men which bailed out the Kiwis in crunch situations. Best wishes poured in for Taylor on his decision as the cricket fraternity reminiscences his stature as a legend in the gentlemen’s game.

“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, His abilities and personality as a batsman have been first-rate and his capability to carry out at such a high level for so long speaks volumes of his durability and professionalism, His experience has actually held the side together on countless occasions and his catching record promotes itself. There’s no doubt we’re going to miss him when he’s gone…” New Zealand Coach Gary Stead commented on Taylor’s retirement call.

Kane Williamson, the captain of the Blackcaps heaped praise on Taylor’s illustrious career.

“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.”

The Kiwis will be back in action against the Bangla Tigers from January 1, 2022. The match for a change will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

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