Ross Taylor breaks down while addressing media after becoming New Zealand’s highest Test scorer
Taylor turned up at the press conference following the game but there, he was seen breaking down while looking back on his career.
Updated - Jan 7, 2020 3:14 pm
Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor became the highest scorer for his country in Tests when he scored 22 in the second innings of the third Test against Australia in Sydney on Monday. It was among the very few highs that the Kiwis saw during the series that they lost 0-3. Taylor did not have a special outing as he could manage just one fifty in six innings but his elevation to the top of the list of New Zealand’s Test scorers made him the media’s darling even after the disastrous series.
Taylor turned up at the press conference following the game but there, he was seen breaking down while looking back on his career. When the 35-year-old was asked about the turning points in his career, Taylor’s voice got choked so much that he decided to leave the room just eight minutes later after tendering an apology. The former New Zealand captain had a prolonged silence but yet could not deal with the overpouring emotions.
Ross Taylor remembered Martin Crowe who pushed him to scale the heights
However, Taylor clarified before leaving the room why he got emotional even after overtaking his former skipper Stephen Fleming as the country’s leading Test scorer. The reason for him turning emotional was Martin Crowe, one of the best batsmen and captains NZ produced and Taylor’s mentor who passed away in 2016 because of cancer. Taylor remembered after topping the table that it was Crowe who had assigned him the task of becoming what he is today.
“My goal was to play one test match. I guess it’s an emotional time because my mentor Martin Crowe, that was one of the goals he put down for me was to be New Zealand’s highest test run-scorer. To be honest, I didn’t believe him, but I’d have loved for him to be here and help celebrate,” Taylor said.
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Taylor has 7,174 runs, two more than Fleming’s 7,172 although he has played in 99 Tests as against’s Fleming’s 111. The former became New Zealand’s leading run-scorer when he went past 20 with a firm drive down the ground off spinner Nathan Lyon. Fleming’s record stood tall since 2008.
Taylor is also NZ’s top scorer in ODIs with a tally of 8,376 (he bettered Fleming there as well) while in T20Is, he is the third-highest scorer at 1,743.