Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. Image: ICC

Ross Taylor, a former New Zealand cricketer, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contributions to the game and the Pacific communities.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours, the 38-year-old, who retired from cricket earlier this year, was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. Image: Twitter

Ross Taylor Is One Of NZ’s Greatest Ever Players

“Congratulations Ross! Ross Taylor has been recognised for services to cricket and Pacific communities, being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours,” BlackCaps tweeted.

Announcing his retirement in December last year, Taylor had said, “It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have, It’s been such a privilege to play with and against some of the greats of the game and to have created so many memories and friendships along the way. But all good things must come to an end and the timing feels right for me.”

NZ vs NED: Watch- Netherlands Team Gives A Guard Of Honor To Ross Taylor As He Walks In To Bat For The Final Time In His International Career
NZ vs NED: Watch- Netherlands Team Gives A Guard Of Honor To Ross Taylor As He Walks Into Bat For The Final Time In His International Career.

Taylor, who made his Test debut against South Africa in 2008 and his first of 233 one-day internationals against the West Indies in 2006, will leave the game as New Zealand’s all-time leading scorer in both Test and one-day international cricket. He has 7584 Test runs, including 19 hundred, second only to current captain Kane Williamson, and 8581 ODI runs, which puts him above of the previous skipper Stephen Fleming (8007). His 21 One-Day International centuries are also a New Zealand record.

“He’s a world-class player, our best with the bat over such a long period of time and personally it’s been a pleasure to be involved in so many partnerships with him across the formats,” Kane Williamson had said about Taylor when he had announced his retirement.

Taylor has also played 102 Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, making him the first player to do so in all the three formats for the country.

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