April 05, 2022
Taylor leaves crease but influence profound
Cricketing legend Ross Taylor has wrapped up a 16 year international career with a modest 14 runs in yesterday’s one-day international win against the Netherlands at Seddon Park in Hamilton – including a sweeping six over midwicket.
It gave him a career total of 18,199 first class runs and 450 internationals.
He retires as New Zealand’s most-capped player with a record of 80 centuries across tests and one day internationals.
Sports commentator Ken Laban says he’s one of the best batsman to play the sport, but he faced discrimination early in his career for his Samoan heritage.
He’d like to see Cricket New Zealand use the the former Black Caps captain to encourage Māori and Pasifika players into the code – but he might also have a second career in coaching.
“He will be snapped up easily in the Indian Premier League so if he wants to make money when he can that’s obviously an option but if he wants to touch the lives and hearts of others and grow the game in our communities, well that’s a separate challenge for him and for the game itself,” Mr Laban says.