Fairytale Ending for Ross Taylor's Test Career as he signs off with the last wicket

Fairytale Ending for Ross Taylor’s Test Career as he signs off with the last wicket

As the day was about to end at Hagley Oval, so was Bangladesh’s fragile innings. And it was close to send-off time for Ross Taylor. But for a career as exceptional as his has been, there had to be a smooth finishing touch. There was no possibilty of another bat, but perhaps bowl is not such a bad idea?
 
He stood around, turning his arm over, perhaps as a request to Tom Latham. The crowd immediately got behind in support of him, and pleaded with Latham to bring in Taylor. One last time. The decision was eventually taken away from Latham. At the end of the 79th over, with New Zealand one wicket away from victory, the umpires told Latham that pace was no longer an option due to the low light.
It couldn’t be scripted any better – Taylor on his farewell
“I was getting pressure from the crowd and also the boys, to bowl (Taylor),” Latham said after the innings victory that helped New Zealand square the series. “But the umpires played their part as well. It was very dark out there. They said we couldn’t bowl seamers, I guess that left one decision, to bowl Ross. It couldn’t be scripted any better.”
 
Taylor came in, and with his third delivery, he finished things off in style when Ebadot Hossain top-edged a slog. Latham took the catch, a difficult effort that made it six for him in the match, to go with the 252 he scored in New Zealand’s only innings. Taylor said later that it was an emotional occasion, but the wicket – his third in 112 Tests – made it more memorable than it would had been.
Taylor inspired me to play cricket – Latham
“Everyone wanted me to take that catch,” the New Zealand captain said. “It was pretty special to sign off the Test match like that. Ross has been absolutely amazing for New Zealand cricket for 17 years. We are looking forward to celebrating with his family tonight.”
 
“We played fantastically well. Bangladesh put us under pressure. The way we came out and bowled put them under pressure,” Taylor told Spark Sports. “It was an emotional game for me, my family and friends, as well as the team. It got quite flat there towards the end. I chucked it up, and Tom said it was the most pressure has felt in a game! It was a great way to finish.”
 
“(I have learnt from his) calm nature, the fact that he has scored runs in all parts of the world, to learn from him how he goes about things… How he approaches different bowlers. He has had a significant impact on us as a group, and also New Zealand cricket,” Latham said. “He inspired generations. He inspired me to play cricket. He is someone I always look up to. To play cricket with him, and the final Test with him, is pretty special.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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