The Netherlands tour of New Zealand will mark the end of one of the greatest careers in cricketing history. Kiwi batter Ross Taylor will retire from international cricket after an illustrious 16-year career where he has scored 7684 runs in Test cricket, 8602 runs in ODI cricket and 1909 runs in T20 cricket. Taylor has been one of the most underrated players over the last two decades with his grit and consistency.
As Martin Guptill was dismissed by Fred Klaassen after scoring a scintillating century, the crowd continued cheering as Ross Taylor made his way into the middle for one final time. Guptill waited as Taylor entered the ground and kept applauding his veteran teammate. As the camera panned towards the pitch, all Dutch players along with Kiwi batter Will Young formed two parallel lines as a Guard of honour for Ross Taylor.
Check out the guard of honour for Ross Taylor:
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All the players were clapping for the veteran and also congratulated the 38-year-old as he took guard for the last time. Unfortunately, Taylor couldn’t score big runs as he was dismissed by Logan van Beek. The right-arm fast-medium bowler sent out a slower ball on the off-stump which Taylor tried to slog. The ball was top-edged and went straight to van Beek, who held on to the catch.
Ross Taylor walked back at a score of 14 in 16 balls with tears in his eyes. He raised his bat and did his trademark tongue out on his way back. As he entered the dressing room, Martin Guptill gave him a heart-warming hug as another cricketing legend ends an amazing career.
Ross Taylor got very emotional during the national anthem in his farewell match against Netherlands at Seddon Park in Hamilton. As the national anthem started, Taylor couldn’t control his emotions as he was seen in tears and biting his lips. Ahead of the encounter at Seddon Park in Hamilton, Taylor brought his three children, Mackenzie, Jonty, and Adelaide, out with him for the national anthem.
Ross Taylor is about to play his final international game of cricket for New Zealand.
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