Christchurch: As batter Ross Taylor stepped out to the field for the one final time in Tests, he equalled former spinner Daniel Vettori to become New Zealand’s most-capped Test cricketer on Sunday. Ross Taylor is currently playing his 112th Test match for the BlackCaps at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch, and as a result, he has equalled Vettori to become New Zealand’s most-capped Test cricketer.
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming had played 111 Tests for the country while Brendon McCullum had played 101 matches in the longest format.
Taylor’s epic 290 in Perth in 2015 remains the highest test score by a visiting test batsman in Australia and, the toughest of all, his 142 in Colombo in 2012 when already told he was gone as captain on return home. The Black Caps won that test amid the turmoil, and Taylor gritted his teeth and bounced back to dominate West Indies the next summer.
The ongoing Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh is Ross Taylor’s last in the longest format as he had announced his retirement before the beginning of the series.
On December 30, 2021, Taylor had confirmed that the series against Bangladesh would be his last in the Test whites before bowing out in the ODIs against Australia and Netherlands later this summer.
Taylor confirmed this summer will be his last for the BLACKCAPS, marking the end of a remarkable 16-year international career.
“It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have,” Taylor said in a statement Thursday.
The cricketer won’t play in the Black Caps test series against South Africa in February but will play one-day international series against Australia in Australia in February and against the Netherlands at home in late March and early April.