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New Zealand’s Ross Taylor has finally decided to retire from international cricket

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Ross Taylor has finally decided to retire
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He is one of only four New Zealand players to play 100 Tests and the world’s first player to play 100 international matches in all formats.

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will retire from Test cricket after a two-match series against Bangladesh and will play his last limited overs international match against Australia and the Netherlands at home this summer.

The 37-year-old has been the mainstay of the Black Caps since his 2007 Test debut, scoring New Zealand’s record 7,584 runs at an average of 44.87 in 110 matches.

One of only four New Zealanders to play in 100 Tests, he was the first man to score one-day international runs (8,581) and a century (21), and the first in 100 international matches in all formats.

The former captain said in a statement, “It was an amazing journey and I am incredibly fortunate to have been able to represent my country for so long.”

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“It’s a privilege to play with and against some of the greats of the game and to make a lot of memories and friendships along the way.

But all good things must come to an end and time seems right to me.”

New Zealand beat India to claim the inaugural World Test Championship in Southampton this year, but Taylor’s career has been buzzing since a recent rough patch in India where he failed to cross 11 runs in four innings.

The Bangladesh series will start on Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day.

Coach Gary Stead says Taylor will be one of the best players in New Zealand.

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“His skills and temperament as a batsman are world class and his ability to perform at such a high level for such a long time speaks volumes about his longevity and professionalism,” he said.

“His experience has kept the team together on countless occasions and his catching record speaks for itself. There is no doubt we will miss him when he leaves.”

Taylor will continue to play for his provincial team Central District until the end of the season before calling for his future in domestic cricket.

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