AUCKLAND: Veteran batsman Ross Taylor won New Zealand highest cricketing honour for the third time and vowed to bat on until the 2023 World Cup in India.
The 36-year old was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in a virtual ceremony held online because of Covid-19 restrictions. Tim Southee was recognised as the top Test player of the year at the annual cricket awards.
Taylor was a key part of the New Zealand’s run to a second consecutive World Cup final last July where they lost to England. In the past 12 months, he also became New Zealand’s most prolific Test run-scorer and entered the record books as the first cricketer to play 100 internationals in all three formats.
After successive defeats in World Cup deciders, Taylor is targeting the 2023 tournament to be held in India. “It’s been an amazing year, it’s been full of ups and downs,” he said. “The biggest thing, I think, is the hunger and the mental motivation to keep getting better, if that’s still there then age is just a number,” he told reporters.
Taylor said he would remain with the Black Caps as long as he felt he deserved his spot and was contributing to the team. “I’ll see if I can get to (age) 38 or 39, which will be the next World Cup, and we’ll see from there,” he said.
Ross Taylor racked up 1,389 runs across formats to comfortably top the charts for New Zealand, over 200 runs clear of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at second.
New Zealand Cricket awards round-up ⬇️
Sir Richard Hadlee Medal winner: Ross Taylor 🏅
Test player of the year: Tim Southee 🎉
Umpire of the year: Kim Cotton ☝️ pic.twitter.com/yBIkIVunNO
— ICC (@ICC) May 1, 2020