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Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor announces retirement

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Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor

New Zealand cricket champion Ross Taylor has announced he will retire from international cricket in April.

The former captain of the Black Caps took to Twitter and Instagram to reveal he would step away from the game after a home series of ODIs against Australia and the Netherlands.

“Today I’m announcing my retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of the home summer, two more Tests against Bangladesh, and six ODIs against Australia and the Netherlands,” Taylor wrote.

“Thank you for 17 years of incredible support. It’s been an honour to represent my country.”

Taylor was the first player in cricket history to play 100 matches in all three forms of international cricket, and surpassed Daniel Vettori as the most-capped New Zealander at international level.

He currently holds the record for the most Test runs scored by a New Zealander (7,584), as well as the most ODI runs for his country (8,581) having made his international debut in 2006. Taylor also holds the record for the highest Test score by a New Zealander against Australia, after his 290 at the WACA in 2015.

“Been an honour to play with and against you mate. Legend,” England fast bowler Stuart Broad wrote in response to Taylor’s post.

The second player of Samoan descent to represent New Zealand at the highest level, Taylor made his Test debut in November 2007 against South Africa, before announcing himself on the world stage with a stylish 120 in just his third Test, against England in Hamilton.

Taylor first faced Australia in a Test in 2008, top-scoring for New Zealand in both innings at the Gabba with 40 and 75, as Australia won by 149 runs.

He sits second on New Zealand’s honour board for most Test centuries (19) behind Kane Williamson (24), while also sitting second for most Test catches by a non-wicketkeeper for New Zealand (161) behind Stephen Fleming (171). Agencies

Friday, December 31, 2021 – 01:00

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