New Zealand's Ross Taylor announces retirement from International cricket
New Delhi : New Zealand cricket icon Ross Taylor on Thursday announced his retirement from the international cricket. He said that the two-Test series against Bangladesh starting on Saturday will be his last in Test whites and he will call stumps on his career after the one-day internationals against Australia and the Netherlands in February and March.
He had been playing for New Zealand since 2006. In his career he has achieved many records, notably the most runs by a New Zealander (18,074) and most appearances (445).
"It's been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have," he said.
"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."
Black Caps coach Gary Stead said said that he will be remembered as one of New Zealand's greats.
"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.
"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.
"Seeing him hit the winning runs in Southampton to help win our first ICC World title is a moment I will never forget and I'm sure it's the same for many of the fans."
Taylor's achievements include most Test runs by a New Zealander (7,584), most ODI runs (8,581) most ODI 100s for New Zealand (21), most 100s in all formats (40), the first player from any country to make 100 international appearances in each of the three formats, and the highest Test score in Australia by a visiting player (290 at Perth 2015).