West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor has announced his retirement from Test cricket just days before the start of the upcoming four-Test series against India. The decision came as soon as the West Indies selectors announced the 12-man squad for the Test series against India. The right-arm pacer played his last Test in Sydney in January 2016 and was left out of the squad to play India after giving formal notification of his decision to retire, the West Indies Cricket Board said in a release. Taylor had a poor series Down Under where he could take only two wickets in three Tests. However, the pacer has indicated that he would remain available for the shorter formats of the game.
After making his debut way back in June 2003 against Sri Lanka as an 18-year old, Taylor represented West Indies in 46 Test and took 130 wickets in a career troubled by several injuries. He did not feature in the Test side from 2009 to 2014 and was able to play only five T20Is and four ODIs during that phase. He finally made a comeback to the Test side for a tour of India in 2014 – which the West Indies players abandoned midway due to payment issues with their cricket board. He played another 17 Tests after making the comeback.
The most memorable moment of his Test career came on his home ground, when he took 5 for 11 to help dismiss England for 51 on the way to an innings victory in 2009.He finished the match with 8 for 85. The 32-year old’s best bowling figures in an innings are 6 for 47 against Australia in 2015 and match haul – 9 for 95 against India in 2006 – also came at Sabina Park. Taylor has four five-wicket hauls in Test cricket. His highest score in Test cricket was 106, which came against New Zealand in 2008.