© Ross Taylor/Twitter
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, will retire from test cricket after the two-match series against Bangladesh and will play his last limited-overs internationals against Australia and the Netherlands this summer.
Since his debut in 2006, the 37-year-old has been a fixture in the New Zealand batting order, amassing a plethora of records and achievements, including the most runs by a New Zealander (18,074) and the most appearances (445).
He is one of just four New Zealanders to have played 100 tests, and he also owns the nation’s records for one-day international runs (8,581) and centuries (21) as well as being the world’s first to play 100 internationals in all forms.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have,” the former captain said in a statement.
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.
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 hit the winning runs when New Zealand defeated India to win the maiden World Test Championship in Southampton this year, but his career has been clouded by a recent slump in India, where he failed to score more than 11 runs in four innings.
On New Year’s Day, the Bangladesh series starts at Mount Maunganui.
Taylor, as per coach Gary Stead, will go down as one of New Zealand’s all-time greats.
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 about his longevity and professionalism, “he said.
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. ”
Taylor will play for his provincial side, Central Districts, until the end of the season before making a decision on his domestic future.