'I haven't ruled it out yet' - Ross Taylor on possibility of playing the 2023 World Cup in India

‘I haven’t ruled it out yet’ – Ross Taylor on possibility of playing the 2023 World Cup in India

Taylor is set to play his 100th Test in Hamilton later this week.

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

The bedrock of the New Zealand middle-order Ross Taylor is on the cusp of history. When th 35-year-old will take the field against India at the Basin Reserve in Hamilton, he will become the first-ever cricketer to play 100 matches in each of the three formats of the game.

Taylor, who featured in his 100th Twenty20 International in the recently concluded five-match series against India, played a major role in the home side reversing the 0-5 scoreline in T20Is to 3-0 in One-day Internationals. However,  he isn’t done yet.

The veteran is harbouring new ambitions and hasn’t ruled out potential participation in the next 50-over World Cup which is scheduled to take place in India in 2023. However, the former captain admitted that he’ll assess his fitness after the end of the next summer and will then decide whether he can go as far as the 2023 World Cup.

“I haven’t ruled it (2023 World Cup) out but I still think it’s a long way away. First and foremost I want to get to next year – the Twenty20 World Cup and then the home summer – and then I’ll have a good idea on how I’m placed at the end of next summer,” Ross Taylor was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“You always want to do well and first and foremost the game is more important. At the same time, you can put extra pressure on yourself. You’ve just got to go out and enjoy it and take it as another game. Hopefully, I can contribute in any way I can. Whether there is still a drive, whether I’m good enough, whether I’m fit enough, and whether I deserve my spot in the side. If I can tick all those, then definitely 2023 is an option” the 35-year-old added.

Ross Taylor will join the likes of Fleming, McCullum and Vettori

Ross Taylor is set to enter the 100-Test club joining the likes of Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum, and Daniel Vettori to achieve the feat for New Zealand. Taylor, who earlier admitted that he had not imagined that he’ll play another Test match after his maiden series against South Africa said that the former legend Martin Crowe saw something special in him, which he didn’t! But while the occasion is special, he is only focused in contributing to the team. 

“He (Crowe) saw something in me that I never did. I was pretty happy to play one Test; to play 100 Tests is pretty special. There’s still a game to play and contribute to, but at the same time,e you’ve got to acknowledge the achievement and the fact a lot of people helped you out along the way,” Taylor concluded.