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You make mistakes and grow, says Taylor

Taylor to enter the elite club by playing his 100th Test in the series opener against India

By PTI
  • Published 15.02.20, 3:48 AM
  • Updated 15.02.20, 3:48 AM
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Ross Taylor bats during a One Day International cricket between India and New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday (AP)

Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has learnt to live with his imperfections as he stands on the cusp of a coveted 100th Test of his career.

Only Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori have played more Tests than Taylor who will only enter an elite club by playing his 100th Test in the series opener against India, beginning in Wellington next week.

“No one has a perfect career and you fail at some stage especially as a batter. Mistakes and scenarios make you grow as a person,” Taylor said on Friday.

Asked what 100 Tests mean to him, he cheekily replied: “Probably getting older! But no, I think I have been happy with what I have achieved.”

“Test cricket and cricket in general as a batter, you go through a lot of ups and downs and that’s definitely what I have been through, and as a team as well.

“But Wellington holds a special place in my heart and I am sure having a lot of family and friends there will be something that I will be proud of,” said the 35-year-old Taylor.

On emotions playing a distracting role in the first Test, Taylor downplayed that factor. “I guess at the end of the day, it is another game of cricket and you try and contribute in any way that’s possible. But at the same time, you got to enjoy it for what it is.

“I am sure once you get into the game, you can enjoy it and just play cricket like you want to. Wellington can do a little bit early on, so I am sure batting or bowling, it is going to be an interesting contest.”

For a journeyman cricketer, a family ready to make sacrifices is very important which is where wife Victoria’s role has been pivotal in Taylor’s successful journey.