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Black Caps great Ross Taylor receives guard of honour in final test


Departing Black Caps great Ross Taylor was greeted with a standing ovation and guard of honour as he strolled out in his last test on Monday.

Taylor, who is playing his 112th and final test against Bangladesh at Hagley Oval, equalling Daniel Vettori’s record for the most tests for New Zealand, received a rapturous applause. His wife Victoria, and children Mackenzie, Jonty, and Adelaide, wearing Black Caps’ ODI shirts, were among those to rise to their feet.

Wandering out at 11.22am at the fall of Devon Conway’s wicket, all eyes were on Taylor in his 196th test innings. It could potentially be Taylor’s last test innings, if the Black Caps only bat once in the second test.

The Bangladesh players and umpires Chris Gaffaney and Wayne Knights saluted the legendary batter, forming a guard of honour, as he strolled through to bat with Tom Latham, who brought up his second test double century early on day two.

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Taylor didn’t take long to get going, producing a signature cover drive off Ebadot Hossain for four to get off the mark with his sixth delivery.

New Zealand's Ross Taylor is greeted with a guard of honour by Bangladesh players as he comes out to bat in his final test.

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New Zealand’s Ross Taylor is greeted with a guard of honour by Bangladesh players as he comes out to bat in his final test.

In the next over, he was in the runs again with a cut shot through backward point off Shoriful Islam for his second boundary.

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