New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has expressed his desire to continue to play the game until the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Taylor reached Auckland on Monday to take part in the first T20 international match against the West Indies on Friday.
“2023 was going to be a stretch, I think, at the best of times, when it was (supposed to be held in) February and March. And now, the World Cup has been dragged out to October and November ’23, it’s another six or seven months to hang around.
“You’ve got to have short-term goals and long-term goals and the one-day World Cup is definitely on the radar. I might have to trim things back leading into that – I’m not getting any younger. It doesn’t mean I will make it, but, it’s definitely one of my goals,” Ross Taylor said in a press interaction.
36-year-old Taylor is just five games short of becoming New Zealand’s most-capped international cricketer, across formats. He is closing in on former skipper Daniel Vettori’s mark of 437 international caps.
He has the chance to surpass that mark if he plays all the matches in the West Indies tour of New Zealand, which has three T20Is and two Tests.
Records are meant to be broken, says Taylor
He would easily have gone past the milestone had this been a normal calendar year. New Zealand’s last international game was the 1st ODI against Australia in Sydney on March 13. The game was played in front of empty stands before that series was called off in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Talking about the milestone he said that records are meant to be broken and added that he doesn’t want to be jinxed and will wait to cross it.
“I was really happy to play one or two games for New Zealand. I’ve still got to get there first, but my mentor, Martin Crowe, always used to say records are meant to be broken for the next guy to come beat. Whatever number of games I end up on, hopefully Kane [Williamson] and whoever comes through can beat that and keep setting the bar higher,” Taylor added.
Kane Williamson currently has played 291 games and is still a fair distance away.
After making his international debut in an ODI against West Indies in Napier in March 2006, Taylor has gone on to play 101 Tests, 232 ODIs and 100 T20Is prior to the start of the upcoming series.