One of the most prolific batsmen in Zimbabwe cricket history, Brendan Taylor is retiring from international cricket after the final ODI against Ireland.
Taylor made his debut for Zimbabwe in 2004. In a long 17 year career, the 34-year-old has played 34 tests scoring 2620 runs at 36 average and 6 centuries with a top score of 171. In his most prolific format, the ODIs Taylor amassed 6684 runs with 11 centuries in 205 games with a top score of 145. In 44 T20Is Taylor scored 859 runs at 114 strike rate.
Taylor is the 4th highest run-getter for Zimbabwe in tests and the 3rd highest in T20Is. However, in the ODIs he is the highest ever run getter for Zimbabwe on current date.
Taylor’s career coincided with several ebbs and flows of Zimbabwe cricket and has seen the worst phase of Zimbabwe cricket.
In an emotional statement Taylor said the following :
It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country.17 years 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. My goal was to always leave the team in a better position as to when I first arrived back in 2004, I hope I have done that.”