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Revealed: The reason behind Taylor's 'tongue poking' celebration

New Zealand crickter Ross Taylor reveals the reason behind ‘tounge poking’ celebration after scoring each century. Ross Taylor’s ‘tounge poking’ celebration was evident of his frustration as selectors ignored him during age group cricket even after scoring couple of hundred in domestric cricket.

But, a frustration turned into a sweet celebration for Taylor as his daughter Mackenzie enjoys ‘tounge poking’.

During the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Test series against Australia, Taylor poked his tongue out twice as he scored a beautiful match saving 290 at W.A.C.A, Perth which was the highest score by a non-Aussie batsman in Australia.

Taylor magnum opus innings was comprised off 374 balls and watch stitched with 43 boundaries.

It was Taylor 13th Test career ton and second double. His score was also the highest by a New Zealand batsman on the foreign field. He broke Stephen Fleming’s 274 against Sri Lanka in 2003.

Taylor first poked his tongue out in celebration when he scored his second one-day international century way back in 2007, coincidently against Australia.

Taylor was ignored by the selectors for the 2006 Champions Trophy, he proved his worth to selectors with an innings of 117 in a record-breaking run chase against Australia at Eden Park in February in the following year.

Taylor said he was also dropped from the age group New Zealand team even after scoring hundreds. So, each and every time he got dropped he used to poke his tongue out. But, when his daughter Mackenzie came in his life she loves her father’s ‘tounge poking’. As a result, he continues to poke his tongue out after scoring a hundred. “Right back when I was at age group I got dropped a couple of times when I got hundreds,” he told Wide World of Sports.

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Taylor celebrates his century against Australia

“Then I poked my tongue out – (after) I got dropped – against Australia, my second ODI hundred.

“Ever since then my daughter has been pretty happy when I poke my tongue out and that’s pretty much for her as well.”

Taylor’s son Jonty also enjoys his Dad’s celebration.

Recently Ross Taylor opened up on how he cope with the loss of the New Zealand captaincy three years ago.

Taylor’s captaincy was stripped off in Sri Lanka in 2012 and given to Brendon McCullum. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo Taylor said he was struggling for sleep each night around the time of the decision by coach Mike Hesson.

In his final Test as Taylor guided New Zealand to a remarkable 167 run win in the Emerald Isle, hitting 142 and 74.

”When the captaincy issue happened, I was only sleeping for a couple of hours a night for two weeks leading into that, and I had to bat pretty much a day in Sri Lanka,” Taylor told ESPNcricinfo.

”That more than anything showed me I didn’t need sleep, or that you are going to be tired, but your mental strength has to take over.

”From that point of view Colombo was just as hot and probably muggier (than Perth last week), and to have batted that long on two hours’ sleep each night for two weeks just shows you the mental strength you can gather from previous experiences.”


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