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On Monday (6th January), the senior New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor created a history for his country after scoring the most Test runs for New Zealand.
The 35-year-old Ross Taylor ended the last calendar year with 7,130 Test runs. At that time, the right-handed batsman was 42 runs behind from New Zealand’s then-most Test run-scorer Stephen Fleming (7,172 Test runs).
New Zealand began the new year with the Sydney Test which was the dead-rubber meeting against Australia in the third and final Test of that series as the Kiwis were already trailing by 2-0. Though the hosts once again won the Sydney Test by 279 runs to complete the series whitewash, Taylor scored 44 runs in that entire Test and surpassed Stephen Fleming to create a new record.
Playing his 99th Test, Ross Taylor scored 22 runs in both innings of this Test match. After this Test match, Taylor has scored 7,174 runs in 175 Test innings with an average of 46.28. The right-handed batsman has hit 19 centuries and 33 half-centuries in his Test career.
Coming back to the Sydney Test, Marnus Labuschagne’s double century (215) helped Australia to score 454 runs in the first innings. After New Zealand were bowled out for 256 runs in their first innings, Australia scored 217/2 decl. in their second innings and set the fourth innings target of 416 runs. The visitors managed to score only 136 runs before losing their last wicket of the match.
Ross Taylor started this Test series against the hosts Australia with a brilliant knock of 80 runs, but he failed to carry that form in the next matches. His next five knocks in this series were 22, 4, 2, 22 and 22 runs respectively. However, he still finished this Test series as the second most run-scorer for New Zealand as the right-handed batsman scored 152 runs in six innings (average 25.33).
Ross Taylor is also the most international run-scorer for New Zealand
Ross Taylor is already the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in international cricket history. He has scored 17,293 runs in 474 international innings (average 43.44), including 39 centuries and 88 half-centuries. In no surprise, Taylor is also the leading ODI run-scorer (8,376 runs) and third most T20I run-scorer (1,743 runs) for his nation.