The Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor has achieved a record of most runs for New Zealand in Test cricket. He has surpassed former Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming who has 7172 Test runs to his name.
During the 18th over of New Zealand’s second innings in the Sydney Test, Taylor lifted a tossed-up delivery bowled by spinner Nathan Lyon to mid-on. He took three runs and became the leading run-scorer in Tests for New Zealand (7174).
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A former team-mate of Taylor and currently the commentator, Brendon McCullum, appreciated Taylor’s achievement.
“A truly remarkable moment for Ross Taylor, his family, and all involved in NZ Cricket,” said McCullum.
“A truly remarkable moment for Ross Taylor, his family and all involved in NZ Cricket.” @Bazmccullum perfectly summing up a monumental moment for his old team-mate on @Channel7 #AUSvNZ #records #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/R25EztybXz
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“Special mention to his (Taylor’s) idol and mentor Martin Crowe. He’ll be somewhere up high above in the heavens looking down congratulating Ross Taylor,” added McCullum.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 6, 2020
Taylor is also close to reaching the most Test matches feat for New Zealand. The third Test against Australia in Sydney was his 99th. Former left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has played the most number of Tests for New Zealand (112), followed by Fleming (111) and McCullum (101).
ROSS TAYLOR ➞ 7174*
Stephen Fleming ➞ 7172
Brendon McCullum ➞ 6453
Kane Williamson ➞ 6379
Martin Crowe ➞ 5444
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2020
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) January 6, 2020
278 NZ Test Match cricketers. @RossLTaylor You deserve to sit at the top of the mountain. Your place in NZ cricketing greatness is assured. Congrats on an amazing achievement mate. pic.twitter.com/AFcIZM1kZX
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) January 6, 2020
Meanwhile, Australia thrashed New Zealand by 279 runs to sweep the series 3-0.