Veteran New Zealand player Ross Taylor has announced his retirement from cricket. Taylor, who stepped into international cricket for the first time in March 2006, is almost 38 years old (37 years 297 days). The same year, he played his first T20 International against Sri Lanka, after making his ODI debut against West Indies. Then in 2007 he also got a chance to make his Test debut against South Africa.
Announcing his retirement, Taylor tweeted, ‘I will say goodbye to international cricket after this home summer. Thank you all for your support in my career of 17 years. It is a matter of pride for me to represent my country. Let us inform that New Zealand has to play two Test matches against Bangladesh and ODI series against Australia, Netherlands this summer. Taylor will be part of the Kiwi team in this series.
Winning boundary against India in WTC final
Ross Taylor is the only international cricketer in the world who has played more than 100 matches in all three formats of the game. Taylor, who scored 40 centuries with 18,074 runs in 445 matches (including ODIs, Tests, T20Is) for New Zealand, led his team to many memorable victories. His winning four against India in the final of the World Test Championship is one of the biggest achievements of his career.
There was talk of retirement for a long time
After winning the WTC final against India, there were talks that Taylor would end his career at this happy juncture. The veteran Kiwi batsman then dismissed the speculations of retirement, saying that he still loves the game and wants to learn to get better. Kiwi players retire at the age of 34 or 35 and when I turned 37 I understood why they do this. Everyone asks questions and asks for answers on age, but I think I can still play domestic cricket and like to play for my country.