New Zealand legend retires after touring Australia

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of this summer.

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

He is one of only four New Zealanders to have played 100 Tests and he also holds the nation’s record in one-day international races (8,581) and centuries (21) and was the world’s first to play in 100 internationals in all formats.

He holds the record for the highest score ever by a visiting batsman in Australia, a marathon lap of 290 in Perth in 2015.

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He is retiring from test cricket after the two-match home series against Bangladesh next month and will play his last limited overs internationals against Australia (between 30 January and 5 February in matches scheduled to be played in Perth, Hobart and Sydney) and the Netherlands at at home in March.

“It has been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have,” the former captain said in a statement.

“It has been such a privilege to play with and against some of the greats in the game and to have created so many memories and friendships along the way.

“But all good things must have an end, and the timing feels right to me.”

Taylor hit the winning races when New Zealand beat India to claim the first world championship in testing in Southampton this year, but speculation over his career has grown since a recent tough run in India where he failed to surpass 11 races in four innings.

The Bangladeshi series starts in Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day.

Coach Gary Stead said Taylor would bow as one of New Zealand’s all-time greats.

“His abilities and temperament as a batsman have been 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 held the page together on countless occasions, and his catch record speaks for itself. There’s no doubt we’ll miss him when he’s gone.”

Taylor will continue to play for his provincial side Central Districts until the end of the season before talking about his future in domestic cricket.

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