New Zealand batter Ross Taylor, 37, to retire from international cricket at end of the home season | Cricket News

Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s top scorer in test and international one-day cricket; batter scored the winning runs as the Black Caps beat India in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Ageas Bowl in June; Taylor made her international debut in 2006

Last updated: 30/12/21 6:21


Ross Taylor made his international debut in 2006 while he has a maximum score of 290 in Test cricket

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has announced that he will retire from international cricket at the end of the home season.

The 37-year-old will leave the trial arena following the next home series against Bangladesh and then retire completely from the Black Caps service following the ODI against Australia and the Netherlands in 2022.

Taylor is New Zealand’s top scorer of record in both test cricket and one-day international matches.

The right-hander has amassed 7,584 points in its 110 test matches to date, while also amassing 8,581 points in 233 ODI.

Taylor, who made her ODI debut in 2006 and test debut the following year, said in a statement: “It’s been a fantastic journey and I feel incredibly blessed to have represented my country all along. I have.

“It has been such a privilege to play with and against some of the greats in football and to have created so many memories and friendships along the way. But all good things must come to an end and the time seems right.”

Taylor scored the winning runs as New Zealand beat India to claim the inaugural World Test Championship title at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl in June.

New Zealand manager Gary Stead said the Wellington-born hitter would be considered one of the greats of the team.

Taylor and Kane Williamson (right) led New Zealand to victory over India in the inaugural World Test Championship final

Taylor and Kane Williamson (right) led New Zealand to victory over India in the inaugural World Test Championship final

“His skills and temperament as a hitter have been world-class and his ability to perform at such a high level for so long speaks volumes about his longevity and professionalism,” said Stead.

“His experience has held the team together on countless occasions and his catch record speaks for itself. There is no doubt that we will miss him when he is gone.”

New Zealand begin their two-game home streak against Bangladesh at Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day before the second test begins in Christchurch on January 9.

Taylor will continue to play for his provincial Central Districts team until the end of the season before making a call about his future in national cricket.

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