New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has ruled out any retirement plans from international cricket at the moment. After bagging the winning runs for New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final, the 38-year-old player said that he still has got few games left in him for the national team. The right-handed batsman scored the winning runs for New Zealand with a boundary during the ICC WTC final against India.
While chasing a 139-run target in the match, Ross Taylor scored unbeaten 47 runs in the 2nd innings along with a 3rd wicket partnership of 96 runs with skipper Kane Williamson, who smashed unbeaten 52 runs.
New Zealand became the ultimate champions of the ICC World Test Championship, a tournament that witnessed many bilateral Test series among 9 countries over the last two years. With the victory, Taylor must have managed to overcome the disappointment of New Zealand’s previous two ICC ODI World Cup defeats.
Still Got Few Games In Me For New Zealand: Ross Taylor
While speaking to New Zealand’s Radio Network Newstalk ZB, Ross Taylor mentioned that he looks forward to seeing his family now and ruled out any retirement plans. Taylor also believes that hopefully, he can still play more games for New Zealand.
“I’m just looking forward to going home and seeing the family. Obviously, I’m coming towards the end of my career but you don’t want to make decisions based on emotion and things like that. Hopefully, I’ve still got a few games left in me for New Zealand”, he told Newstalk ZB.
After New Zealand becoming the champions of ICC World Test Championship, legendary New Zealand allrounder Richard Hadlee called the current Black Caps’ side the best in history. However, Taylor played down his suggestions.
“I wouldn’t get too carried away. We’ve had some fantastic teams (like) the team of the 1980s. But this current group are proud of what they’ve achieved and hopefully can achieve some special things in the future as well”, he said.
Ross Taylor made his international debut in 2006. With 18054 runs in international cricket so far, the right-handed batsman is the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in both Tests and ODIs. He accounts for 7564 runs in 189 innings in Tests at an average of 45.84.
In 217 innings in 50-overs cricket, he has smashed 8581 runs at an average of 48.20. Taylor has also smacked 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries in Tests, along with 21 centuries and 51 half-centuries in ODIs. In 94 T20I games, he has scored 1909 runs at an average of 26.15 with 7 fifties.