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Former Zimbabwe captain Taylor to retire from international cricket after Ireland Series

Former Zimbabwe captain to retire from international cricket after Ireland Series

Former Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor announced that the final ODI against Ireland would be his last intl fixture.

Taylor took to Twitter and said he aimed to always leave the team in a good position since his debut in 2004, adding that cricket taught him to be humble.

Brendan Taylor, who has played 34 Tests, 204 ODIs, and 45 T20Is for Zimbabwe, announced his retirement on Sunday and released an official statement on his social media handles. The Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman will bring an end to his 17-year long career with his 205th ODI, which is against Ireland on Monday, September 13.

The former Zimbabwe skipper made his debut in international cricket in 2004, and he became one of the regular cricketers in the playing XI in the national side. Taylor, who has played 204 ODIs and scored 6,677 runs so far, is just 111 runs behind Andy Flower to become the highest run-getter in ODIs for Zimbabwe. The 34-year-old stated that he is leaving International cricket with a heavy heart. He added that his goal was always to get the team in a better position, which he did for the Zimbabwe team.

"With a heavy heart today that I'm announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country,"

He wrote. "17 years of extreme highs and extreme lows, and I wouldn't change it for the world.

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"It's taught me to humble, to constantly remind myself how lucky I was to be in the place I was in for so long period. Wear the badge with delight and pride and leave everything on the ground.

"My aim was to always leave the team in better position as to when I first arrived back in 2004 , I hope I have done that."

Brendan Taylor's first assignment as Zimbabwe captain came in 2011, and he continued it till 2014 before he once again stepped into the role earlier this year. Taylor will adieu to international cricket with 2320 runs from 34 Test matches and 934 runs from 45 T20Is.

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