New Zealand talisman Ross Taylor received a ‘guard of honour’ from the Bangladesh team while he walked out to bat in the first innings of his final Test match.
Ahead of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh, Taylor had announced that he would retire from international cricket at the conclusion of New Zealand’s home summer.
It also meant that the Hagley Oval Test in Christchurch against Bangladesh would be Taylor’s last hurrah in the red-ball format.
Ross Taylor receives guard of honour from Bangladesh players
New Zealand resumed their day with their overnight score of 349/1 with skipper Tom Latham batting on 186* alongside Devon Conway who made 99* on Day 1.
Conway took no time as he hit a four on the first ball of the day off Ebadot Hossain to achieve his third Test hundred. However, after reaching the three-figure mark, Conway was run out by Mehidy Hasan on the first ball of the 96th over.
Taylor walked in to bat after Conway’s dismissal and the New Zealand batting great was cordially welcomed on the pitch by his opponents as they gave him the guard of honour in his final Test, which is also his 112th for the Black Caps.
A great gesture for a great of the game 🙌
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 9, 2022
Ross Taylor dismissed on 28 by Ebadot Hossain
Taylor made 28 runs from 39 balls and smashed four boundaries before he was caught by Shoriful Islam at square leg off Ebadot’s bowling. The former New Zealand skipper received a standing ovation from the crowd and also shook hands with Bangladesh fielders before going back to the dugout.
Taylor also equalled former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori’s tally of 112 appearances in Test cricket and joined him as the most-capped Test player of New Zealand.
Latham went on to smash 252 runs as it was his second double-ton in Test cricket, he pummelled 34 fours and a couple of innings in his frisky knock. New Zealand declared on 521/6 after batting for almost 129 overs.