‘Guys obviously gave that to me’ – Ross Taylor elated to end Test career with a victory
Ross Taylor had announced his retirement ahead of the Bangladesh Test series.
Updated - Jan 12, 2022 3:00 pm
One of the best batters of the current generation, Ross Taylor played his last Test for the Kiwis in the recently completed home series against Bangladesh. The 37-year-old was very much happy to finish his Test career with a wicket as he rarely gets the ball. Skipper Tom Latham had to bowl a spinner as the conditions were getting darker and the crowd wanted Taylor to bid adieu by bowling an over or so.
Luckily, the number 11 batter of Bangladesh, Ebadot Hossain was on strike and Taylor took just three deliveries to get rid of the fast bowler with a flighted delivery. With the wicket, New Zealand won the second Test by an innings and 117 runs and managed to level the series 1-1. Bangladesh managed to script a historic win in New Zealand soil for the very first time in the Bay Oval Test.
I wanted to finish with a win: Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor was very much delighted to finish his Test career with a victory and explained the depth of the win in the context of the series as well. In fact, Taylor’s over against Bangladesh was just the 16th over of his overall Test career and it was just his third wicket in the longest format. Having started in 2007, Taylor went on to become the leading run-scorer for the Kiwis in both Test and ODI formats and still holds the record for it.
“I wanted to finish with a win and the guys obviously gave that to me. We needed to win this game to stay in the series and I thought we played fantastically well. Bangladesh put us under pressure at various times and that was probably a fair reflection of where the series was at,” Ross Taylor told in a chat after his last Test.
Taylor’s biggest Test achievements have to be the recent World Test Championship victory over India while he is rated to be one of the best number four batters of the game. With 7683 runs in 117 Tests at an average of 44.7, Taylor went on to score 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries in his career that spanned over 14 years.