New Zealand talisman batsman Ross Taylor is approaching a major milestone in his career. Taylor will play his 100th Test match when New Zealand will take on India in the first Test match at Wellington. The right-hander has been in sublime form and he would look to continue the same. The linchpin had scored 194 runs in the three-match ODI series against India and thus he was awarded the Player of the series.
The right-hander didn’t have the best of debuts as he could only manage scores of 15 and four in his debut Test match against South Africa. Furthermore, he could only score 44 runs in the four innings of that series. Consequently, Taylor thought that he will not be able to play another Test after getting off to a horrid start.
Taylor is currently New Zealand’s most experienced batsman.
However, the veteran was able to turn the tide when he scored his maiden Test century against England. That hundred gave a shot in the arm to Taylor and made him believe that he belongs to the top level.
“After my first Test series against South Africa, I did not think I would play ever a match in the longest format, probably lucky with the timing. I hope over time there will be a lot of players who represent their side in 100 matches in all formats,” Taylor told reporters.
“When I played against England and got a 100 in the first Test. That was the first time when I believed that I belong in the longest format. To get those milestones early on made me believe that I was good enough,” he said.
Meanwhile, Taylor has played some crucial knocks over the years for New Zealand and has helped his team in getting over the line. Taylor also listed his best knocks for the Kiwis. The right-hander rated his 158 against England as his best knock but that innings went in vain as New Zealand lost that match.
Taylor rates Manchester hundred as his best.
“One of my best hundreds was in Manchester. I scored 158, we ended up losing the match against England. Then there would be knocks of 140 and 170 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. The last would be the 290-run knock against Australia at Perth. The match ended as a draw,” Taylor said.
Ross Taylor now has come a long way in his career. Taylor has thus far amassed 7175 runs in his career at an average of 45.7. The 35-year old is happy that he has achieved all this in his illustrious career.
“I am happy with what I have achieved so far in my career. Wellington holds a special place in my heart. Having the support of my family is special. My wife has raised the three kids on her own. The kids understand what their dad does. They have definitely helped in balancing cricket. In the end, your family is there regardless of how many runs you have scored,” Taylor said.
“I think I am doing something that I have always wanted to do, I have always wanted to play for New Zealand. My family has sacrificed more than I have. My kids have been able to travel to some excellent places. My daughter wants to travel to India,” he added.
The first Test between New Zealand and India will take place from February 21 at Wellington.