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Ross Taylor easily is as one of the best cricketers produced by New Zealand, if not the best and that is because he has always lacked consistency.
Ross Taylor easily is as one of the best cricketers produced by New Zealand, if not the best and that is because he has always lacked consistency.
Irrespective of that, the numbers speak a thousand words and Taylor must be proud of every achievement of his so far in his career of over a decade.
 
Taylor’s 36 international centuries is the most by a Blackcap and in terms of international runs, he’s less than 400 runs behind Stephen Fleming in the first place. His 85 caps put him one behind Richard Hadlee in fourth on the list of New Zealand Test appearances too.
 
Even though the 34-year-old career seems to near the end, the Kiwi still has a few goals in mind and provided his body allows him to continue, he surely would want to go after those milestones – playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup next year in England and completing 100 Test caps.
 
According to a press release from the International Cricket Council, Taylor said, "I've always said I want to get to the World Cup. Obviously, the Boxing Day Test in Australia is a nice incentive also. I wouldn't mind playing 100 Tests. But that is still a long way away and I've got to get these hammies and calves and rest of the body in some decent shape to hopefully get there."
 
Speaking about retirement, Taylor said, “Some days you've got to be honest and you think you're close to retiring, and some days you feel like you could still play for 2-3 years at international level. You're a long time retired and you don't want to make any rash decisions on form or emotion.”
 
Taylor has excelled across the formats for New Zealand and he believes focusing on just one format will not be of a help if he would want to prolong his career.
 
“I want to play as many games for New Zealand as possible. The day you just play one format, or even two, your level of performance will probably drop a bit.
 
You might be in and out of the side, but facing the touring team regardless of the format helps you out. Just being in the New Zealand set-up and that higher level of training compared with domestic cricket where the resources aren't quite the same has also been a great help,” he added.
 
Taylor is certainly the most experienced man in New Zealand’s current squad and with the new coach Gary stead coming in Taylor’s expertise will be of a great value. Taylor has been impressed with Stead’s efforts so far, with the former New Zealand batsman even able to offer the current one some batting tips.
 
"It's exciting times having a new voice and my dealings with him already, he's very hands on compared to Hess,” Taylor said. I'm looking forward to working with him. Already he's had a chat to me about batting and he'll work well with [batting coach Craig McMillan].
 
A batting coach overseeing 15 or 16 players can be quite daunting and he'll take a lot of pressure off Macca and bring his own experiences as an international player. I'm sure it'll be good for the team and myself,” New Zealand veteran said.