Tim Southee, a fast bowler for New Zealand, gave a loving and sincere tribute to teammate Ross Taylor. After the 37-year-old batsman announced his retirement from international cricket.
Tim Southee, a fast bowler for New Zealand, gave a loving and sincere tribute to teammate Ross Taylor
After the 37-year-old batsman announced his retirement from international cricket.
Taylor announced on Twitter on Thursday that he would retire from cricket. At the end of the home summer after 17 years, which means he still has eight games left. Two Tests against Bangladesh and six one-day internationals against Australia and the Netherlands.
Southee spoke openly about Taylor’s value to the team while praising him for his contribution to New Zealand
“Any time a player retires, it’s a tough situation, especially when it’s someone who has been a regular in the group for a long time.” It will take some getting used to not seeing Ross as a player or having him on this team. That assurance of having a quality player around. And the runs he’s had and the job he’s done for this team over the years has been incredible.”
Tim Southee, who has known Taylor for 12 years, spoke about the batter’s demeanor in the locker room and how his calm presence will be missed. Tim Southee even talked about how Taylor told him about his decision during a training session before Christmas.
From January 1, 2022, Taylor will play his 111th and 112th Tests against Bangladesh in the next series. The first match will take place from January 1 to 5 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. The second and final Test will begin on 9 January and end on 13 January at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.