Ross Taylor, Veteran Test player and magnificent Conosseiur of the art of Cricket said that he will bid adieu to the International cricket after this domestic season.  The second test against Bangladesh happening at home grounds will be his last test game in international cricket when he will be levelling the numbers with Daniel Vittori who also played 112 test for the cricketing side.

To see Taylor in white would be a missing Point in Game against South Africa in January while he will be playing ODIs against Australia and Netherlands happening in February, March and Early April. The fourth ODI game against Netherlands earlier in April will be his last game donning black caps.

“It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have,” Taylor said in a statement Thursday.

“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.”

Ross Taylor will retire as New Zealand’s top-scorer in test and one-day international matches. He has 7,584 test runs and 19 centuries, second only to current captain Kane Williamson, and 8,581 runs in ODIs, ahead of Stephen Fleming (8,007). His 21 ODI centuries also are a New Zealand record.

Taylor made his test debut against South Africa in 2008 and played the first of 233 ODIs against the West Indies in 2006. He has also played 102 Twenty20 internationals, becoming the first player to play more than 100 matches for New Zealand in all three formats.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Taylor unquestionably in one of the country’s greatest players.

“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,” Stead said.

“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.


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