Ross Taylor has announced his retirement from international cricket after 15 years of success for New Zealand across all three formats.

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has announced he will retire from international cricket in 2022 after 15 years of representing the Black Caps.

Taylor confirmed he would call time on his international career following New Zealand’s upcoming home series against Bangladesh, as well as ODI’s against Australia and the Netherlands next year.

The 37-year-old no doubt enjoyed a remarkable career in international cricket, as he bows out as New Zealand’s all-time leading Test runs scorer with 7,584 runs, and ODI batsman with 8,581.

Taylor’s announcement came via social media on Wednesday night, as he tweeted: “Today I’m announcing my retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of the home summer.

Ross Taylor has announced his retirement from international cricket.



“Two more tests against Bangladesh, and six odi’s against Australia & the Netherlands.

“Thank you for 17 years of incredible support. It’s been an honour to represent my country #234”

The 37-year-old also made a statement via New Zealand cricket’s website, describing his impressive career as ‘an amazing journey’ and a ‘privilege’.

He commented: “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.”

Taylor also went on to thank his family and friends, adding: “I want to thank my family, friends and all those who have helped me get to this point.

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Ross Taylor enjoyed a remarkable career for New Zealand.



“There’ll be plenty of time for more thank-yous and reflections later in the season – but for now I want all my energy and focus to be on preparing and performing for the BLACKCAPS this summer.”

New Zealand boss Gary Stead also paid tribute to Taylor, and believes the 37-year-old will no doubt leave a hole in his team’s dressing room following his departure.

Stead commented: “Ross has always been a hugely respected member of the side and we’re thankful for his contributions to the BLACKCAPS over an incredible career.

“His skills and temperament as a batsman have been world-class and his ability to perform at such a high level for so long speaks volumes of his longevity and professionalism.

“His experience has held the side together on countless occasions and his catching record speaks for itself. There’s no doubt we’re going to miss him when he’s gone.”

New Zealand skipper and longtime teammate Kane Williamson also heaped praise on the 37-year-old, as he said: “Ross has been at the core of the side for so long and can be extremely proud of having brought the game in this country to a better place.

“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.”

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