Ross Taylor to retire from cricket...

Ross Taylor to retire from cricket

 Sports Desk

 Published: 03:08 PM, 30 December 2021   Updated: 03:09 PM, 30 December 2021

Ross Taylor to retire from cricket

Ross Taylor to retire from cricket

Ross Taylor is the only player to have played more than 100 matches in all three formats of cricket. However, he will not be seen in international cricket for long. The legendary New Zealand cricketer has said he will call time on from cricket at the end of the 2022 domestic season.

Taylor is over 37 years old. At this age, when the performance of the cricketers ebbs a little, the rumor of exhaustion and rumor of retirement starts. However, Ross Taylor has shown his thumbs up so far.

But after New Zealand's failure on the India tour, Taylor himself realized it was time to say good bye. And that is why he announced his retirement from cricket.

The forthcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh will be his last in the New Zealand whites. He will not play the subsequent Tests against South Africa and bow out with six ODIs against Australia and Netherlands later in the summer.

Taylor's final Test will be at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch and will take his tally of appearances to 112, tying him with Daniel Vettori for the most Tests played by a New Zealand cricketer.

"It's been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have," Taylor said in a statement. "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. I want to thank my family, friends and all those who have helped me get to this point. There'll be plenty of time for more thank-yous and reflections later in the season - but for now I want all my energy and focus to be on preparing and performing for the Black Caps this summer."

In his long career so far, Taylor has played 110 Tests and scored 7,584 runs. He scored 8,581 runs in 233 ODIs. No one in New Zealand's history has scored more runs in both formats. He also scored 1909 runs in 102 T20s.

Taylor has played in two ODI World Cup finals for New Zealand. But he never won the title. So the Test Championship title this year has been the biggest achievement of his career.