HAMILTON - New Zealand legend Ross Taylor ended his final international match in style as he bid an emotional farewell to his teammates and others that have supported him throughout his career. Taylor was honoured with a special presentation after New Zealand’s third ODI against the Netherlands that brought the curtain down on his record-breaking 16-year international career. The match was Taylor’s 450th appearance for the Black Caps which included many highs but arguably peaked when hitting the winning runs against India in the final of the 2021 ICC World Test Championship. “It has been a pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it,” Taylor said while acknowledging his teammates after the match. “I’ll be watching from afar to see how you guys grow, from the other side, but you’re in good stead. “I’ll miss you, boys.” The Netherlands had earlier welcomed Taylor to the field with a guard of honour and the crowd at his home ground of Seddon Park, Hamilton joined in the celebration with a standing ovation as he stepped out for his final international innings. The Black Caps great went on to make 14 runs from 16 balls including a big six before selflessly trying to push the score along in the 43rd over and being caught and bowled by Logan van Beek. “It was a few years ago when I had my record of 50 tickets for a game, it was over three-figures for here,” Taylor said. “I never thought I’d play the Netherlands, let alone that be last game but you guys have got a big future ahead of yourselves.” The 38-year-old Taylor also praised the support he had received from his wife, parents, family and friends, as well as the many coaches he had across his career. “It has been a fantastic 16 years,” Taylor said. “Please appreciate you’ve had a massive influence on who I am as a person.”

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