With the first test between Black Cubs and Pakistan underway at Bay Oval in Mount Monganoi, Ross Taylor is now the player who has represented New Zealand the most in international cricket, with 438 caps versus Daniel Vettori 437-104 in Tests, and 232 in one. An international day, and 102 times in twenty international matches.
To celebrate the occasion, Things Take a look at XI of Taylor’s most memorable matches.
Taylor’s first taste in international cricket came nearly 15 years ago, finishing fourth, behind Lou Vincent, captain Stephen Fleming, and Nathan Astel. He didn’t have much luck for a beginner, as he ran out of 15 of 10 balls while hitting with Scott Stress, but the Black Caps made 324-6 and won 91 points, taking a 4. 0 lead in a five-game series.
Taylor was not selected for the Champions Cup in India during the 2006 New Zealand winter, as the Black Caps lost to Australia in the final, but he returned to the White Ball team of a pair of T20s against Sri Lanka, then the ODI Series, where he started scoring his first international century – 128 Unbeaten from 133 balls. Unfortunately, Sanath Jayasuriya was at its top for tourists, and they stalked 286 with seven gates in hand and 10 extras to spare.
ODI’s second century helped Taylor achieve a famous second of three win in the Chappell-Hadlee Series against Australia in early 2007, at Eden Park in Auckland. Chasing 337 to win, making 117 out of 127 balls, before Peter Fulton (76 of 65), Craig Macmillan (52 of 30), and Brendon McCollum (22 of 12) finish the job.
After being cast in the deep end of his first series, Two Auditions in South Africa at the end of 2007, Taylor was dropped when she visited Bangladesh at the start of 2007, but he returned to visit from England that followed and the series started with recording. His first test century in Seddon Park. He sat on 98 to 10 balls, but moved to 102 with Stephen Harmison’s hook for four, and finished with 120 to help pull off 189 wins. It was the start of a love affair with Seddon Park, with Taylor playing more matches than any other stadium, scoring six Test centuries and four ODI centuries.
Taylor has competed in four Cricket World Cup finals and has hit 33 times – but only once has achieved a hundred – in a group stage match at the 2011 event, hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Black Caps began with a win over Kenya and a loss to Australia and was 210-6 with 25 balls remaining in hitting first before Taylor detonated, scoring 55 of the last 13 balls he faced to finish unbeaten in 131 of 124. Finished in 302-7 and won 110 runs .
In his final test as captain, Taylor scored 142 in the first rounds and 74 out of 194 in the second rounds to lead the Black Caps to 167 wins, the first in Sri Lanka in 14 years. The captain’s blows were very special, because he He also revealed after returning homeAt a meeting with management prior to the series, he was told he was “not good enough to lead the team”. He will attend the next Test Series of Black Caps in South Africa in January 2013 and will not make another Test Century for over a year.
These three tests should really be against the West Indies, which marked Taylor’s comeback after the Captain’s saga at the end of 2012 and his reintegration into the team at the start of 2013. In Dunedin’s first tryout, 217 did not come out – his first double century – and 16 he didn’t come out; In the second making 129; In the third, he scored 131 points and missed two, for a total of 495 times with an average of 247.5 – the best comeback streak in his career.
When Taylor reached the Waka fold in Perth, the Black Berets were an 87-2 response to the Australia 559-9 he announced and the fight to avoid a second consecutive loss at the end of the series. When he left for 290After spending nearly 10 hours in the middle, a tie became the most likely outcome. The only shame was that he was not able to become a triple captain, picking out a deep square leg with an arduous sweep from Nathan Lyon, 11 times in a partnership from the 10th wicket with Trent Bolt. It was – and still is – the highest score by a visiting Australian batsman.
Taylor scored 181 unbeaten – highest ODI score – He chased the Black Caps 336 to defeat England at Otago Oval in Dunedin A prepared clash of the winner takes everything in the last game of a series of five matches. What made this even more impressive was the fact that he scored the last 72 out of 41 balls on one leg, after suffering an injury while creasing.
Taylor became the fourth New Zealander to play 100 Tests They beat India 10 wickets at Basin Reserve in February, as well as the first cricketer to play 100 matches in all three international formats. He scored 44 in the first innings, but the shooters led the way, with Tim Soth scoring 4-49 5-61 and Kyle Jamison 4-39 in the first rounds on his debut.
Taylor was set to reach the milestone in March, after being the only Black Cape to appear in every match they played last summer. Then the Covid-19 pandemic struck, leaving five shorter. His exclusion from the T20 squad to face Pakistan earlier this month delayed the feat even further, but he did finally get there.
He is now one ahead of Vettori at the top of the all-time list of matches for New Zealand, with four other active players occupying the top twenty – Martin Joptel, who is fifth with 324; Ken Williamson, 7th place with 295; Tim Sothy VIII with 294; Trent Bolt, 19 with 189.
A total of 5,169 players played some form of international cricket, but only 19 of them played more matches than Taylor – a group that includes Vettori, who has competed in five matches with the World XIs squad that do not count towards his Black Caps tally.
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