Ross Taylor announces retirement from international cricket
Wellington/UNI: New Zealand's veteran batsman Ross Taylor has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The upcoming series against Bangladesh will be his last in the Test whites, before bowing out in the ODIs against Australia and Netherlands later this summer.
"Today I'm announcing my retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of the home summer, two more tests against Bangladesh, and six ODI’s against Australia and the Netherlands. Thank you for 17 years of incredible support. It’s been an honour to represent my country," Taylor tweeted.
Speaking about his decision to bid adieu to international cricket, he said: "It's been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have.
"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," he added.
Today I'm announcing my retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of the home summer, two more tests against Bangladesh, and six odi’s against Australia & the Netherlands. Thank you for 17 years of incredible support. It’s been an honour to represent my country #234 pic.twitter.com/OTy1rsxkYp— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) December 29, 2021
"But all good things must come to an end and the timing feels right for me.
"There will 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," Taylor signed off.
The 37-year-old batsman represented his nation in 110 Tests, 233 ODIs and 102 T20I.
Taylor is the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in 445 appearances since his debut in 2006.