Veteran New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor announced his retirement on Tuesday following a series-levelling win over Bangladesh. Taylor’s Test career, which spanned over 15 years, came to a close after the New Zealander took a wicket with his final delivery of his 112th Test match.
Commenting on the grand end to his Test career, the former New Zealand captain told media, “It’s great to finish off your career with a win and a wicket, I wanted to finish off with a win and the guys did it. Bangladesh put us under a lot of pressure a number of times, it’s only fair that we share the series.”
A batsman by trade, Taylor had previously taken only two Test wickets, namely, that of Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth during New Zealand’s tour of India more than a decade back in 2010. In fact, Taylor has bowled a grand total of 16 overs in his entire Test career, his last bowling stint being nearly eight years ago.
“The series was great – I was wondering if we need to come back tomorrow, but the boys were fantastic. It became a bit funky towards the end, I chunked it up and Tom (Latham) said it was the most precious thing I did over the whole game,” Taylor said, reflecting on his wicket.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed representing my country, have played a lot here (in Christchurch), spent a lot of time and it’s a great way to finish,” the 37-year-old added, who was greeted by a standing ovation and was given a guard of honour by Bangladeshi cricketers.
Taylor’s Test career saw him score 7,656 runs over 112 matches, while the veteran also has 8,576 runs in ODIs, with his 21 ODI centuries being a record for New Zealanders.
While Taylor has retired from international Test cricket, he will retire from international ODIs after the April 4 match against the Netherlands at his hometown of Hamilton.