New Zealand's home Test series against Bangladesh will be Ross Taylor's last, with the right-hander bowing out from international cricket after One Day Internationals against Australia and the Netherlands.
The 37-year-old made the announcement today via Twitter.
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 #234 pic.twitter.com/OTy1rsxkYp— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) December 29, 2021
Taylor has been a rock in the New Zealand side since making his international debut in 2006, and is currently New Zealand's most prolific run-scorer in Test cricket (7584) and ODIs (8591). Taylor's 18,074 across the three international formats is also a record for his country.
The first player from any country to make 100 international appearances in all three formats, Taylor's career was capped off at Lord's earlier in the year, hitting the winning runs in New Zealand's World Test Championship Final victory.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have,” Taylor said.
“It’s been such a privilege to play with and against some of the greats of the game and to have created so many memories and friendships along the way.
“But all good things must come to an end and the timing feels right for me.
“I want to thank my family, friends and all those who have helped me get to this point.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was the first to laud his teammate's 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.
“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.
“As a senior player and a leader in the group he’s been a fantastic support person for me, especially out there in the field being able to tap into his experience.
Coach Gary Stead continued the tributes, praising Taylor's service to New Zealand cricket.
“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 skills and temperament as a batsman have been world-class and his ability to perform at such a high level for so long speaks volumes of his longevity and professionalism.
“His experience has held the side together on countless occasions and his catching record speaks for itself. There’s no doubt we’re going to miss him when he’s gone.
“Seeing him hit the winning runs in Southampton to help win our first ICC World title is a moment I will never forget and I’m sure it’s the same for many of the fans.
Taylor continues to train in preparation for the start of New Zealand's home summer, and remains focused on delivering for his side and ending on a high.
“There’ll be plenty of time for more thank-yous and reflections later in the season - but for now I want all my energy and focus to be on preparing and performing for the Black Caps this summer.”
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