New Zealand Ross Taylor’s final match moments before retirement


On Monday, Ross Taylor scored 14 runs for New Zealand against the Netherlands in the third one-day international, arriving at the crease to a standing ovation.

The renowned cricketer played his 450th and final match for New Zealand before retiring after a 16-year international career. The kiwi batter, who played his farewell Test against South Africa earlier this year, has decided to play his final match at Seddon Park.

His three children, MacKenzie, Jonty, and Adelaide, stood by him during the national anthems, and he was escorted by a Dutch honour guard.

Taylor debuted for New Zealand in an ODI in 2006 and his first Test the following year. The 38-year-old batsman went on to score 7,683 runs in 112 Tests, including 19 hundreds, and 8,593 runs in 236 ODIs. Taylor also achieved 1,909 runs in 102 Twenty20 internationals.

Taylor had to wait a long time for his final innings. After winning the toss, the Kiwis chose to bat first. A 203-run second-wicket stand between Martin Guptill and Will Young kept Taylor out till the 39th over.

New Zealand scored 333-8 thanks to Guptill's 106 and Young's 120. New Zealand bowled out the Netherlands for 218 runs, winning by 115 runs and sweeping the three-match series. Matt Henry got 4-36.

The supporters erupted into applause as soon as Taylor showed up. Taylor had 14 runs on the board before mistiming a Logan van Beek delivery and giving the bowler a routine return catch.

With a slight smile on his face, he turned toward the dressing room for the last time. As he went slowly off the field, recognising the extended applause from the audience, opposing players drew up on either side.

Taylor has long been a crowd favourite because of his consistency, dependability, and ready smile.

The kiwi legend commented on Radio New Zealand that for him, it was simply about being a player that tries to fight in as many scenarios as possible. He gave it his all, played with a grin on his face, and, hopefully, proudly and respectfully represented his nation.

He added that playing for his country has always been a dream of his. And perhaps that'll be something for which he will be remembered.