New Zealand vs Netherlands, 3rd ODI, Highlights, On Monday, Ross Taylor scored 14 runs for New Zealand against the Netherlands in the third one-day international, arriving to the crease to a standing ovation.
Taylor played his 450th and final match for New Zealand before retiring after a 16-year international career. The 38-year-old batsman, who played his final test against South Africa earlier this year, has decided to play his final match at Seddon Park.
During the national anthems, his children MacKenzie, Jonty, and Adelaide stood by his side, and he passed past an honour guard formed by Netherlands players.
Taylor debuted for New Zealand in a one-day international in 2006 and his first test the following year.
Taylor went on to score 7,683 runs in 112 tests, including 19 centuries, and 8,593 runs in 236 one-day internationals. In 102 Twenty20 matches, he also scored 1,909 runs.
Taylor had to wait a long time for his last innings on Monday. After winning the toss, New Zealand chose to bat first, and a 203-run second-wicket stand between Martin Guptill and Will Young kept him out till the 39th over.
The crowd erupted into applause as soon as he appeared. Taylor had 14 runs on the board before mistiming a Logan van Beek delivery and giving the bowler a routine return catch.
With a slight smile on his face, he turned toward the changing room for the last time. As he went slowly off the field, recognizing the extended applause from the audience, opposing players drew up on either side.
Ross Taylor, the man of the moment, talks for one final time as a New Zealand cricketer. He appreciates everyone who has contributed to his career. Praises the Dutch team and hopes that they play many more games against the big teams and get better. A special mention from him for the manager of the New Zealand team who is also moving on and wishes him best for his future. Rosco thanks his teammates and says that he will be watching from far how they will grow and will miss them all. He thanks his wife, parents, family and friends. Calls it a fantastic 16 years and shares that they have a massive influence on him as a cricketer and person. Lastly, an emotional Ross Taylor thanks the crowd for turning out in large numbers for this game.