Ross Taylor became New Zealand's highest test run-scorer on Monday by breaking the record of Stephen Fleming in Sydney. Although New Zealand lost the match and series convincingly against the ramping Aussies.
Ross Taylor became emotional when asked about his feelings of becoming New Zealand’s highest run-getter in test matches. “I would have loved for him to be here”, he said about his mentor Martin Crowe. He said he never thought he would play test match cricket until he met Martin Crowe. Martin gave him the confidence to be successful at test match cricket.
“I had never imagined myself to be reaching at this level in test matches”, he said, “I was believing myself to be a good limited-overs player but my goal was to play one test match”. It was Martin Crowe's one of the goals he penned down for Ross to reach at the pinnacle of test match run-scoring charts. Notably, Martin Crowe passed away in 2016 after a tragic battle with cancer.
Ross Taylor is hopeful that his records will set the bar high for the upcoming generation of New Zealand cricket. He said records are always meant to be broken but one thing that this would do is to make the generations inspired. He added that He would continue to play and retirement is not on his mind. He would have his support for Kane Williamson to lead New Zealand to greater highs on the International stage.
On fourth day at Sydney, Australian bowlers dismantled the Kiwi batting lineup. They won the match by 279 runs and series by 3-0. New Zealand will now prepare for the home test series against India. That series will play a critical role for New Zealand in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC).