Ross Taylor is on the verge of becoming New Zealand’s most-capped cricketer. Taylor has appeared for the Kiwis 433 times. New Zealand veteran bowler Daniel Vettori currently holds the record for most capped appearances for New Zealand. Vettori has made 437 appearances in total.
Taylor, now 37, would probably achieve that milestone soon, with NZ set to take on WI at home. The series will comprise 3 T20Is and 2 Test matches. The T20I matches are set to commence this week on 27 November and will be wrapped on 30 November. Meanwhile, the Test Series will begin on 3rd December and will end on 15th December.
"I will make the most of every opportunity I get", says Ross Taylor
Taylor is using the COVID-19 hiatus as an opportunity to ponder upon his future in cricket. The New Zealand batsman admits that it would be difficult to continue till the 2023 ODI World Cup. Taylor has been spending quite some time with family due to the pandemic in place. However, he feels that age is not in his favor.
The last ODI NZ played was against Australia on 13 March. The match was conducted behind closed doors. The series was eventually canceled amidst rising fears of the pandemic. Had it been a mundane cricketing year, Ross would have gone past Vettori by now.
Taylor last played cricket away from home in the Caribbean Premier League. He feels that playing in a stadium without fans hasn’t been very different. However, he believes that the fans motivate him and it is for them that he enjoys doing what he does. Taylor believes he has spent some quality time with family and is ready to hit the pitch.
Taylor has planned some short and long-term goals. Playing in the 2023 ODI World Cup is one of those long-term goals. The date for the World Cup has been postponed. Although Taylor believes it is quite difficult to stretch it more, he will appear in the World Cup. This could turn out to be Taylor’s final International tournament with the Kiwis.
Throughout his entire cricket career, Ross Taylor has scored a mammoth 18734 runs. His average of 48.41 and 45.53 in ODIS and Test matches respectively has embossed his name in the history of New Zealand’s greatest players.