Ross Taylor made his last appearance in international cricket in the recently-concluded third ODI against the Netherlands on Monday. Earlier, in December last year, Brendon Taylor had announced that he will retire from all forms of the game after the end of New Zealand’s home season. During the season, he played two Tests against Bangladesh and three ODIs against the Netherlands. The right-hander could have played against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia had the series not been canceled due to a lack of quarantine centers.
Talking about his international career, the Wellington-born player made his international debut in an ODI against the West Indies in Napier in 2006. Later that year, the 38-year-old made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka in his hometown. He had to wait for 11 months to make his Test debut in November 2007. His T20 career ended in December 2020 against the West Indies at Mount Maunganui.
Talking about his Test numbers, he played 112 games and amassed 7683 runs averaging 44.66, including 19 hundreds and 35 fifties. In first-class cricket, he played 192 games and amassed 12369 runs averaging 41.78 including 26 hundred and 74 fifties. In ODIs, he played 236 games and got 8607 runs averaging 47.55 including 21 centuries and 51 fifties. Going into his List A details, he has played 312 games and scored 11356 runs averaging 45.42 including 27 centuries and 65 fifties.
Diving into his T20 numbers, the now-retired Kiwi has played 292 domestic and franchise games and accumulated 6429 runs, averaging 30.90 and striking at 131.31, including a hundred and 32 fifties. In 102 T20Is, he amassed 1909 runs, averaging 26.16 and striking at 122.37. Interestingly, his ODI and Test career ended in a similar fashion. In his last Test against Bangladesh, he took the match winning catch to wrap up the game. On April 4, he took the last catch of the game as well to end his prolific career.
Here’s is how Twitter bid adieu to Ross Taylor
Youâ€™ve been a great ambassador of the game Ross! It was wonderful playing against you. The way you reinvented yourself over the years to adapt is an inspiration for all the young kids aspiring to be cricketers.
Heartiest congratulations on a fabulous career. pic.twitter.com/RpB62iuuD0
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 4, 2022
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 4, 2022
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 4, 2022
One of the greatest @BLACKCAPS to have played the sport âœ¨
— ICC (@ICC) April 4, 2022
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) January 11, 2022
Ross Taylor sticks out his tongue one last time â¤ï¸ cherish it pic.twitter.com/GcS3Rk0Y1S
— Sritama Panda (Ross Taylorâ€™s version) (@cricketpun_duh) April 4, 2022
— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) April 4, 2022
Virat Kohli sends his messages to Ross Taylor. Apart from Kohli , Many legends also wished him.
Ross Taylor will retire from International cricket tomorrow. ðŸ¥º
(Vid :- NZ Cricket) pic.twitter.com/ZXU0Yk2kAH
— DiwakarÂ¹â¸ (@diwakarkumar47) April 3, 2022
Ross Taylor's final international innings ends on 14. A legend of world cricket is retired now.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 4, 2022
Ross Taylor is the only player in the world who has played 100 matches in all three international formats – Test, ODI and T20I. He retires today ranked number three in ODIs, behind only Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. #ThanksRosco
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) April 4, 2022