Veteran batsman Ross Taylor gained New Zealand Cricket’s top award for the third time Friday and vowed to bat on till the 2023 World Cup in India.
The 36-year-previous was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in a digital ceremony held on-line due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Taylor was a key a part of the Black Caps’ run to a second consecutive World Cup closing final July, the place they misplaced to England on the again of an obscure boundary countback rule.
In the previous 12 months, he additionally turned New Zealand’s most prolific Test run-scorer and entered the report books as the primary cricketer to play 100 internationals in all three codecs.
“It’s been an amazing year, it’s been full of ups and downs,” he mentioned.
After again-to-again defeats in World Cup deciders, Taylor is hoping it’s third time fortunate as he targets the 2023 match to be held in India.
“The biggest thing, I think, is the hunger and the mental motivation to keep getting better, if that’s still there then age is just a number,” he instructed reporters.
Taylor mentioned he would stay with the Black Caps so long as he felt he deserved his spot and was contributing to the crew.
“I’ll see if I can get to (age) 38 or 39, which will be the next World Cup, and we’ll see from there,” he mentioned.
Taylor made his worldwide debut in 2006 and has since performed 101 Tests, 232 one-dayers and 100 T20s.