Ross Taylor will bring up 200 ODI appearances for New Zealand when the Blackcaps meet Pakistan in Hamilton today.
Taylor, who made his debut back in 2006, has amassed nearly 7000 runs for New Zealand in ODI cricket alone and has 17-centuries to his name. All told, Taylor sits third on the list of New Zealand’s all time highest run scorers in ODI cricket, beaten only by Nathan Astle and Stephen Fleming.
But, it’s that number of 17 that really stands out. Taylor’s 17 centuries in ODI cricket is ironically the same amount of centuries Taylor has in Test cricket as well. Back in December, Taylor equalled the great Martin Crowe’s record of 17 Test centuries in the longer form of the game.
That day, Taylor was emotional during his reflection, and you get the sense that bringing up another feat at the same venue holds similar meaning.
“The family are coming up from Masterton, so it must mean a little bit. It’s something to be proud of and something I’ll reflect on after the match”.
In terms of memories; Taylor ranks his century against Australia at Eden Park back in 2007 as a standout.
“My hundred against Australia at Eden Park, my second ODI hundred, was probably my favourite – the context of the match, packed house, batting second to win the Chappell Hadlee”.
Ross Taylor Brings Up 200th ODI Appearance At Home
Following the home summer, which is still to include matches against Australia and England, Taylor will return to the Indian Premier League. Aged 33, Taylor’s next big task in ODI cricket is to represent New Zealand at the next Cricket World Cup in 2019, and what better way to end a stellar career than by securing the sports’ biggest prize.
An amazing career for Taylor, and ironic that it all started by missing a phone call by then selector Sir Richard Hadlee.
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