Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor says he’ll retire from worldwide cricket after the present home season.
The second Check in opposition to Bangladesh subsequent month, by which he doubtless will equal Daniel Vettori’s document of 112 Checks for New Zealand, will probably be his final.
Taylor received’t play within the Black Caps Check sequence in opposition to South Africa in February however will play one-day worldwide sequence in opposition to Australia in Australia in February and in opposition to the Netherlands at dwelling in late March and early April.
The fourth ODI in opposition to the Netherlands in Taylor’s dwelling city of Hamilton on April 4 will probably be his final match for New Zealand.
“It’s been a tremendous journey and I really feel extremely lucky to have represented my nation for so long as I’ve,” Taylor mentioned in an announcement Thursday.
“It’s been such a privilege to play with and in opposition to among the greats of the sport and to have created so many reminiscences and friendships alongside the best way. However all good issues should come to an finish and the timing feels proper for me.”
Taylor will retire as New Zealand’s top-scorer in Check and one-day worldwide matches. He has 7,584 Check runs and 19 centuries, second solely to present captain Kane Williamson, and eight,581 runs in ODIs, forward of Stephen Fleming (8,007). His 21 ODI centuries are also a New Zealand document.
Taylor made his Check debut in opposition to South Africa in 2008 and performed the primary of 233 ODIs in opposition to the West Indies in 2006. He has additionally performed 102 Twenty20 internationals, turning into the primary participant to play greater than 100 matches for New Zealand in all three codecs.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead mentioned Taylor unquestionably in one of many nation’s best gamers.
“Ross has at all times been a massively revered member of the facet and we’re grateful for his contributions to the Black Caps over an unbelievable profession,” Stead mentioned. “His abilities and temperament as a batsman have been world-class and his capability to carry out at such a excessive degree for therefore lengthy speaks volumes of his longevity and professionalism.”
Williamson additionally praised the achievements of his long-time batting companion.
“Ross has been on the core of the facet for therefore lengthy and might be extraordinarily pleased with having introduced the sport on this nation to a greater place,” Williamson mentioned. “He’s a world-class participant, our greatest with the bat over such a protracted time period and personally it’s been a pleasure to be concerned in so many partnerships with him throughout the codecs.
“We’ve shared some fairly cool moments collectively — most not too long ago the World Check Championship last which was clearly actually particular.”
New Zealand beat India by eight wickets within the Check championship last in June.