New Zealand vs India: Ross Taylor walked out for national anthem with his kids ahead of his 100th Test
Taylor became the fourth New Zealand player to feature in 100 Tests for his country.
Published - Feb 21, 2020 5:08 am | Updated - Feb 21, 2020 5:08 am
The first of the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand got underway on Saturday with the home side winning the toss at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. This Test is special for the Kiwi veteran Ross Taylor who walked out to play for his country for the 100th time in the longest format. Taylor is only the fourth New Zealand player to play as many as 100 Tests and will be keen to contribute as much as he can.
Moreover, the 35-year-old made the occasion even more special as he walked out for the national anthem with his kids MacKenzie and Jonty. It must have been an emotional moment for him as his family graced the occasion with their presence as well. Taylor will now be hoping to make the most of the landmark and score runs to help his side get an early lead in the series.
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Ross Taylor becomes the fourth New Zealand player to feature in 100 Tests
Ross Taylor recently admitted that he never thought he would ever play again for New Zealand after making his debut back in 2007 at Johannesburg. But he has been a rock for the Kiwis in the middle-order having amassed 7174 runs in 99 Tests (175 innings) thus far at an average of more than 46 with 19 centuries to his name. Taylor will be itching to make his 100th Test special for himself and his team. Taylor has also become the first player ever to feature in 100 or more matches in all three formats of the game.
Meanwhile, apart from Taylor, another player who would want to make this game memorable would be Kyle Jamieson. The tall pacer made his Test debut replacing Neil Wagner who missed out as his wife gave birth to a baby on Friday night. Jamieson made his ODI debut against India itself on this tour in the second game of the three-match series.
He had won the Man of the Match for his valuable contribution with the bat and then with the ball as India failed to chase down 270-odd runs. Jamieson will be hoping to replicate a similar performance and in the process, help Taylor win his special match as well.