Ross Taylor Retires from International Cricket

Ross Taylor Retires from International Cricket

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor will retire from international cricket at the end of New Zealand's home season, bringing the curtains down on a journey that began in an ODI in Napier against West Indies in March 2006.

Ending speculation over his playing future, the 37-year-old confirmed on Thursday (December 30) that the forthcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh will be the last in the New Zealand whites. He will not play the following Tests against South Africa and leave with six ODIs against Netherlands and Australia later in the summer.

Ross Taylor's final Test will be at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch and will take his tally of appearances to 112, tying him with Daniel Vettori for the most Tests played by a New Zealand cricketer.

"It's been a mind-blowing journey, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my nation for as long as I have," Ross Taylor said in a statement. "It's been such liberty to play with and against some of the greatest of the game and to have made so many memories and friendships along the journey.

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"But all good things must one come to an end and the timing feels right for me. I want to thanks my friends, family, and all those who have helped me get to the point. There'll be a lot of time for more thank-yous and reflections later in a season and but for now, I want all my power and focus on being on preparing and performing for the Black Caps this summer."

Taylor, who became the first international player to feature in 100 games in each of the three formats, finishes many New Zealand records. His aggregate of runs (18,074), appearances (445), and hundreds (40) across the formats are the highest for any New Zealand cricketer.

He added silverware to his glittering CV by hitting the winning runs in the first-ever World Test Championship final against India earlier this year in Southampton.

With him at the other end during one of New Zealand Cricket's high points was captain Kane Williamson, who led the Taylor tributes.

"Ross Taylor has been at the core of the side for so long and can be very proud of having brought the game in the country to a better place,"

Williamson said. "He's a world-class player, our best with the bat over such an extended period, and personally, it's been good to be involved in many partnerships with him across the formats.

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