Following the conclusion of the next home Test series against Bangladesh and six one-day internationals against Australia and the Netherlands next year, New Zealand batter Ross Taylor has announced his retirement from international cricket. Taylor retires as the most prolific New Zealand hitter across all formats, having debuted in 2006 and amassed 18,074 runs in 445 matches, the most by any New Zealand batsman.
The 37-year-old thanked supporters for their support throughout his worldwide trip, saying it was an honor to represent New Zealand.
“At the completion of the home summer, two more tests against Bangladesh, and six one-day internationals against Australia and the Netherlands, I’m declaring my retirement from international cricket.” Thank you for your unwavering support over the past 17 years. It has been a privilege to represent my country, #234, in this competition “Taylor sent out a tweet.
Taylor, the only player in history to appear in 100 international matches in all three formats, believes the moment is right.
“It’s been an incredible adventure, and I consider myself tremendously privileged to have had the opportunity to represent my nation for as long as I have,” she says “he stated “It’s been an honor to play with and against some of the game’s legends, and to have made so many memories and friendships along the way.” But, like with all good things, all good things must come to an end, and the time is right for me.”
Gary Stead, New Zealand’s head coach, commended Taylor for his services to the team.
“Ross has always been a highly valued member of the team, and we appreciate everything he’s done for the Black Caps throughout his great career.” As a batsman, his abilities and temperament were world-class, and his ability to maintain such a high level of performance for so long speaks volumes about his longevity and professionalism. I’ll never forget seeing him smash the winning runs in Southampton to help us win our first ICC World title, and I’m sure many of the fans will as well “Stead remarked.
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, described Taylor as a “world-class” player.
“He’s a world-class player who has consistently been our best with the bat over a long period of time, and it’s been a pleasure to work with him in so many different formats.” “According to Williamson. “We’ve enjoyed some pretty great occasions together, the most recent of which was obviously the World Test Championship final.”
Taylor owns a number of records, including the most Test runs (7,584), ODI runs (8,581), ODI centuries (21) and centuries across all formats (23). (40).