New Zealand’s Ross Taylor announces retirement from international cricket

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor leaves the WACA Ground after his 290-run effort.
Camera IconNew Zealand batsman Ross Taylor leaves the WACA Ground after his 290-run effort. Credit: DAVE HUNT/AAPIMAGE

Ross Taylor, the New Zealand great who remains the sole visiting player to score a Test double-century in WA, has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Taylor, New Zealand’s all-time leading runscorer in both Tests and ODIs, will hang up his helmet at the end of the summer, which includes two more Test appearances against Bangladesh and ODIs against Australia and The Netherlands.

The classy right-hander will be remembered for frustrating the Aussies with a superb 290-run, 43-boundary masterclass at the WACA Ground to help New Zealand earn a draw in 2015 in what remains the second-highest score at the ground behind Matthew Hayden’s famous 380.

The innings still stands as the best Test score by a non-local player in Australia.

Ross Taylor batted and batted and batted in 2015.
Camera IconRoss Taylor batted and batted and batted in 2015. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Taylor retires after a 15-year international career that yielded 7584 Test runs - overtaking Stephen Fleming as his nation’s best - and 8581 ODI runs, as well as playing more than 100 T20 internationals.

“Thank you for 17 years of incredible support, Taylor wrote.

“It’s been an honour to represent my country.

“It’s been an amazing journey and I feel incredibly fortunate to have represented my country for as long as I have.

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

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


  • Ross Taylor (NZ) 290, Nov 2015
  • Hashim Amla (SA) 196, Nov-Dec 2012
  • Roy Fredericks (WI) 169, Dec 1975
  • AB de Villiers (SA) 169, Nov-Dec 2012
  • Kane Williamson (NZ) 166, Nov 2015
  • Chris Broad (Eng) 162, Nov-Dec 1986

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