IRE vs ZIM: Veteran Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor to retire from international cricket after 5th ODI against Ireland

IRE vs ZIM: Veteran Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor to retire from international cricket after 5th ODI against Ireland
IRE vs ZIM: Veteran Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor to retire from international cricket after 5th ODI against Ireland

IRE vs ZIM: Veteran Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor to retire from international cricket after 5th ODI against Ireland –  Zimbabwe’s veteran cricketer Brendan Taylor has announced that he will be retiring from international cricket after the 5th and final ODI against Ireland on Monday. Taylor needs 110 to finish as Zimbabwe’s highest run-scorer in ODIs. If he scores 69, he will reach 10,000 international runs across formats. 

Brendan Taylor retirement

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The 34-year old former captain made his international debut for Zimbabwe in 2004. In no time Taylor became the backbone of the ZIM side in all formats of the game. He excelled in ODI cricket where he score 6,677 runs in 204 matches. The right-hand batsman has 11 ODI centuries to his name. 

 

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Taylor made the announcement on Instagram where he wrote – 

“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country. 17 year’s of extreme highs and extreme lows and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s taught me to humble, to always remind myself how lucky I was to be in the position I was in for so long. To wear the badge with pride and leave everything on the field.

Brendan Taylor retirement

My goal was to always leave the team in better position as to when I first arrived back in 2004 , I hope I have done that. I’m so thankful for the friendships I’ve gain around the world, you will always be with me and I hope to cross paths again in the near future.

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To Zimbabwe Cricket.

Thank you for the opportunity and I hope I have made our country proud in some small way. To my team mates and coaches past and present. I thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤🙏 I will never forget you all.

To the fans back home who have been so loyal to me over the years. I’m eternally grateful. To my friends at home, my parents and my best mates my two brother’s who have been with me every step of the way.

Thank you so much.

Finally to my wife @tkellyanne and our four beautiful boy’s. You have meant everything to me on this journey and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. No more airport heartaches. I look forward to our next chapter. I love you all very much.”

BT