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Here’s a tribute to Ross Taylor, who recently retired from cricket, and bids an emotional farewell to the sport

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An intense experience After 16 years at the top, Ross Taylor received a standing ovation as he bid an emotional farewell to international cricket on Monday. The 38-year-old was given a guard of honor by the visiting Netherlands squad as he batted at number four in the third one-day international at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Taylor, who indicated in December that the series against the Netherlands would be his final hurrah, was dismissed for 14, but the day belonged to him. Taylor was in tears before the game as the players lined up for the national anthems, with his children on one side and teammates on the other.

As he approached the crease for the final time, the Seddon Park crowd got to their feet and clapped enthusiastically.

About Ross Taylor


Born in Lower Hutt, Wellington, on March 8, 1984. Taylor is a right-handed middle-order batsman who also bowls right-arm off-breaks on occasion. Ross Taylor holds the record for most centuries achieved by a New Zealand cricketer.

During his youth international days, he captained the New Zealand U19 team. In the 2002-03 season, he made his debut with the Central Districts of California. With three tons to begin the 2005-06 season, he was soon making his international debut as a culmination of that form.

Taylor made his One-Day International debut against the West Indies in Napier in 2006, scoring only 15 runs. In his third game against Sri Lanka, he scored 128*, although he was mostly erratic in the early stages of his career.

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Later in 2006, he made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka, scoring 21 points. Taylor was selected to represent his country in Test matches against South Africa in Johannesburg a year later. After not receiving a chance to bat in the first innings, he managed 15 runs in the second.

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His Achievements

Ross Taylor’s career was transformed in 2011 when he won the ICC Cricket World Cup. He was the backbone of the Kiwi batting line-up, with 324 runs throughout the competition. He led his team from 175/5 to 302/7 by scoring 131* against Pakistan at Pallekele.

Ross Taylor hit 217* in a test against the West Indies at Dunedin in 2013. It was his first double century, and he and Brendon McCullum enjoyed a crucial 195-run partnership.

Taylor’s most memorable innings was certainly the 290 he scored against Australia in Perth in 2015. Ross arrived at the crease at 87/2, chasing Australia’s massive first-innings score of 559/9, and pieced up a 265-run combination with Kane Williamson to preserve a lead in the contest.

Ross Taylor is the sixth New Zealander to score a century against all Test-playing nations in one-day internationals. He is only the fourth batsman to make a century on his birthday in the history of the game.

Ross, along with Martin Crowe and Kane Williamson, owns the record for most century scored in Tests for New Zealand. Taylor finished his spectacular Black Caps career as the country’s all-time leader in test and one-day international runs (7683). (8607).

Read: Breaking: New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor announces his retirement during the test match against Bangladesh

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