New Zealand batter Ross Taylor has said on Monday that he had wanted to end his career on his terms.
Taylor also added that the messages he received after his retirement have been “unbelievable”.
Taylor had a brilliant Test career of 15 years where he played 112 matches with the last one at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch against Bangladesh.
“I think once the season is over, and I’m not playing for New Zealand anymore it might sink in a bit more. This has been a long time coming, something I had thought about for a while. In my mind, I wanted to finish on my own terms, but I also didn’t really want to make a fuss out of it,” said Taylor on the SENZ Mornings show.
Talking about the messages he has been getting on the final leg of his international career, Taylor was astounded by the flow of congratulations from all around the world.
“You play this game of cricket, but I suppose you touch a lot more people than you think. I love playing for my country, and I try to do my job to the best of my ability, but some of the messages I have received have been unbelievable.”
Taylor will now play the white-ball matches against Australia before signing off from international cricket with ODIs against the Netherlands at home in April.