Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman, announced his retirement from international cricket. The third one-day international against Ireland in Belfast was his last match in the Zimbabwean jersey.
Taylor made his international debut in 2004 during a one-day match Sri Lanka in Bulawayo, and since then he has been one of the pillars of the Zimbabwean side. He did his best job in one-day cricket, scoring 6684 runs in 205 matches, making him Zimbabwe’s second highest run in the format after scoring Andy Flower.
Taylor walked away with 2320 runs in 34 Test matches and 934 runs from 45 T20Is.
“It was a roller coaster ride. Lots of highs and lows. Looking back, I have fond memories. I would not change the past for anything in the world. Everything is achievable, “ Taylor said before entering the field one last time.
‘I hope I do not pass Andy Flower. I had the highest esteem for our best player ever. A win would be great to finish. Big tournament in WC 2015. I was 29-30 and probably the highlight of my career. This is a young team. It helped me decide to retire as I feel they can take it forward. I am very excited for them. With cricket is all I ever know.
“At some point I will come back and give something back. But now is the time for family. Cricket will always be close to my heart. Massive for both teams. We are opposed to that today. Series victory will be a huge day for us. “
Taylor hit an enterprising 49 in the opening match of the ongoing series against Ireland to beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the one-day match. While rain in the second match was excessive, Taylor left in the third and final one-day match with 7 (12).