New Zealand cricket star Ross Taylor announced his unexpected match retirement on the eve of the Test between New Zealand vs Bangladesh. Taylor later confirmed his retirement in his tweet where he said this summer will be his last season for the Black Caps. After a span of 16 years, he will be taking a leave from his International career.
In his tweet, he stated “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”
Taylor remains the top-run scorer for Test and International matches. The 37-year-old cricketer has been a mainstream cricketer in the Black Caps batting order since his debut in 2006. He has a line of awards and achievements out of which the most remarkable reward is scoring 18,074 runs for the New Zealand team and a total of 445 appearances.
He has played 110 test matches and in them, he scored 7585 runs. In the ODI’s he has represented The Black Caps in 233 Internationals and scored 8576 runs. Isn’t that spectacular?
He will play the two test series against Bangladesh but not the further tests against South Africa will be held in February and finish off with his career in ODI’s in Australia in the Netherlands.
He confirmed that his two-match series against Bangladesh will be his last Test in Test whites before his last series against Australia and Netherlands in the summer. Taylor acknowledged that it wasn’t easy to make his retirement announcement.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead praised him saying “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 batting partner also praised him and the efforts that he has always made for the team.
Earlier, New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets in the test championship final in June 2021