Ross Taylor ended his memorable Test career by taking the winning wicket as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 117 runs to draw the series.
Taylor had taken just two wickets in his previous 111 tests, but was given the chance to bowl the 79th over at Hagley Oval as conditions got gloomy with the visitors nine wickets down in their second innings.
After the fall of Bangladesh’s ninth wicket, the crowd present at the Hagley Oval chanted for Taylor to be given the ball and New Zealand skipper Tom Latham obliged.
The 37-year-old Taylor of 112 Tests couldn’t have imagined a better end to his five-day career by inducing a false shot from Hossain with only his third ball and Latham did the rest to give Taylor only his third Test wicket. He previously picked up two wickets in an innings (2/4) against India in 2010 in Ahmedabad.
“It’s great to finish off your career with a win and a wicket, I wanted to finish off with a win and the guys did it. Bangladesh put us under a lot of pressure a number of times, it’s only fair that we share the series,”an emotional Taylor told the official broadcasters after the match.
Taylor had previously bowled only 16 overs in his entire Test career the last time being eight years ago.
“The series was great – I was wondering if we need to come back tomorrow, but the boys were fantastic. It became a bit funky towards the end, I chunked it up and Tom (Latham) said it was the most precious thing I did over the whole game,” Taylor said about the wicket.
Watch Taylor’s final Test wicket below:
Gotta love Ross Taylor getting his 3rd Test wicket in his final Test to win the match. pic.twitter.com/8KsjuWMExR
— Andrew Donnison (@Donno79) January 11, 2022