Wellington: New Zealand batter Ross Taylor on Thursday 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.
As soon as Taylor confirmed this summer will be his last for the BLACKCAPS, marking the end of a remarkable 16-year international career, his fans from all over the world took to social media to pour in tributes and congratulate him on his illustrious career.
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Ross Taylor is one of the great in New Zealand cricket - leading run-scorer in ODI, leading run-scorer in Tests, most International hundreds & the list continues in kiwi cricket history - will play last Test on January 9th & ODI on April 4th. Thank you, Taylor for all memories— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 30, 2021
Ross Taylor was life. Ross Taylor was everything. I’ve never loved more. I cannot possibly love anyone as much. I knew this day will come and I’d be shattered. Frankly, it’s worse than I’d imagined— Sritama Panda (Ross Taylor’s Version) (@cricketpun_duh) December 30, 2021
But thank you for a career I can hold on to for the rest of my life, my hero 🖤 pic.twitter.com/yxg7WfieKX
Gentelman player of Gentelman's team and one of my favorite player in world cricket. Congratulations on your brilliant career and #Thankyou for the memories @RossLTaylor #rosstaylor https://t.co/fJbtOjJzMc— ROHIT YADAV (@SirRohitYadav) December 30, 2021
Ross Taylor has the unusual distinction of playing in one of the weakest @BLACKCAPS test teams of the modern era - and the strongest.— Michael Appleton (@michelappleton) December 30, 2021
1st half: played 54, won 10, lost 27
2nd half*: played 65, won 35, lost 18
*from 13/14 home summer onwards.
Ross Taylor @BLACKCAPS— sivy 🇳🇿 (@Sivy62) December 30, 2021
Most runs & most 💯 for 🇳🇿, 2015 & 2019 ODI WC Finalist, WTC Champion
Your contribution to NZ Cricket and our rise will always be unmatched. You are a legend 🐐 Thank you for everything Ross Taylor ❤️🇳🇿 pic.twitter.com/STlMzw9e5I
Cant say that I knew Ross Taylor to any great extent. But the few times I spent in his presence conversing with him, I came away thinking, 'what a lovely and decent person he is'. Finish strong Rosco🙏🙏🙏.— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) December 30, 2021
So sad to see my one of the favourite Ross Taylor is Retiring. Wishing you a great future ahead Ross.— Johnny (@JohnnySar77) December 30, 2021
Happy Retirement Sir!! 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/mOKHHYkOeB
Remember this? Ross Taylor was the first one to rush to Carlos Brathwaite even before celebrating. Y’all don’t know what cricket is about to lose pic.twitter.com/V2N9K0xar0— Sritama Panda (Ross Taylor’s Version) (@cricketpun_duh) December 30, 2021
The 37-year-old has been a mainstay in the BLACKCAPS batting order since making his debut in 2006, amassing a plethora of records and achievements, most notably rising to the top of New Zealand's runs scoring (18,074) and appearances (445) charts.
Kiwi batter Tom Latham will be leading New Zealand in the Test series against Bangladesh as Kane Williamson was ruled out due to injury.
Following an impressive start to his Test career in England, Devon Conway returns to the squad after breaking his hand in the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against England in November.
New Zealand and Bangladesh will lock horns in a two-match Test series from January 1.
With ANI Inputs