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Emotional Ross Taylor breaks down during national anthem in farewell game

Taylor brought his three children – Mackenzie, Jonty and Adelaide – with him for the national anthem.

New Zealander Ross Taylor reacts (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ross Taylor couldn’t control his tears ahead of his final outing on the international stage. The ongoing third and final ODI between New Zealand and the Netherlands marks Taylor’s farewell game and congratulatory wishes are pouring in from various corners. One of the best hitters to ever represent the Blackcaps, the 38-year-old racked up a plethora of points in his international career and led the Kiwis to numerous wins over the years.

Prior to the meet at Seddon Park in Hamilton, Taylor brought his three children – Mackenzie, Jonty and Adelaide – with him for the national anthem. The trio also wore Blackcaps jerseys with their father’s name engraved on the back. As soon as the national anthem began, Taylor couldn’t control his emotions as he bit his lip and wiped away his tears.

After the anthem ended, he was consoled by longtime teammate Martin Guptill, who stood right beside him. Meanwhile, Taylor’s wife Victoria and her extended family were also at the scene. Additionally, Taylor gave away some of his free tickets to “some builders across the road”. He said the same to Spark Sport.

Ross Taylor makes his 450th and final appearance for New Zealand

Taylor, who made his international debut in March 2006, is starring in his 450th and final cricket match for New Zealand. He had announced his retirement plans at the end of last year. The veteran batsman’s journey on the international stage has certainly been tremendous as he has led the Kiwis to multiple wins in all formats.

He is notably the only player to date to have played at least 100 matches in all three formats of international cricket. He was also instrumental in New Zealand’s astonishing rise in the cricketing world. In fact, at the time of his international retirement, Taylor is the No. 3 ODI batter, and so is his class and consistency. Meanwhile, substitute Kiwi skipper Tom Latham won the coin toss in the final ODI and opted to strike first. After winning the previous two games, the Kiwis have already won the series and are now aiming for a whitewash.