It would be wrong to say that Ross Taylor had a bad India tour by any standards. The highest run-getter for New Zealand able to manage less than twenty runs in four innings of the series. Simon Doull commented earlier that the batsman may have played his last overseas test match.
Now the coach has shed his opinion on whether Ross Taylor will retire soon. According to coach Gary Stead, the likes of Taylor do not lose their class with just one bad tour, and that he has been a premier batsman for a long time. In his own words, “But let’s not also forget that Ross Taylor has an amazing record behind him – he’s been one of New Zealand’s premier batsmen for a long, long period of time. You don’t lose that class just over one tour.”
New Zealand won their maiden ICC event this year. They defeated India in the World Test Championship final in June of which Ross Taylor was also a part. Ever since NZ has won the WTC, there have been speculations that the star batsman will say goodbye to the long form of the game. Taylor’s failure year in India – New Zealand can also be attributed to the fact that the batsman did suffer from match preparation.
The batsman last played a test match in the WTC final before arriving on the shores of India where most batsmen struggle when spinners like Ashwin and Axar Patel are extracting the most from the pitch. “Ross has had a disappointing tour by his standards, but he’s been an exceptional player for New Zealand for a long, long period of time,” he insists. “He’s not the only guy that’s come to India or Asian conditions, and struggled over here.“
Taylor had difficult last two years with the bat as he has managed to score only 454 runs from 20 test matches at an average of 28.37 with 2 fifties. New Zealand is to host Bangladesh from the 1st of January, and according to Doull, Taylor is likely to play his farewell match. The 37-year batsman has made 7584 test runs in his career of 110 matches at an average of 44.87. He has scored 19 hundred and 35 fifties till now.