Cricket: The New Zealand team faced a clean sweep in the last Test of the three-Test series. At the same time, the team’s leading batsman Ross Taylor has achieved a special position in this match. He has become the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in Test cricket.
On the fourth day in Sydney Test, Taylor achieved this position by taking three runs off the ball of Nathan Lyon, leaving behind his compatriot Stephen Fleming. The 35-year-old Taylor has now scored 7174 runs in 99 Tests. In this, he has scored 19 centuries and 33 half-centuries at an average of 46.28.
ROSS TAYLOR ➞ 7174*
Stephen Fleming ➞ 7172
Brendon McCullum ➞ 6453
Kane Williamson ➞ 6379
Martin Crowe ➞ 5444
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2020
At the same time, Fleming played 111 Test matches in his Test career from 1994 to 2008 and scored 7172 runs. Taylor could not do anything special in this series. He would have achieved this feat in the Melbourne Test played earlier, but then he could only score 6 runs. He scored 80, 22, 4, 2, 22 and 22 runs in the last six innings.
In February last year, Fleming broke the record for most ODI runs for New Zealand in Taylor. Taylor now has the highest number of international runs for
New Zealand in all formats. Taylor crossed the 17250 marks in Sydney with 39 centuries and 88 half-centuries in his account.
After this tour, New Zealand has to play Test matches in the New Zealand tour of India from this month. On February 21, Taylor will become the fourth player to play 100 Test matches for New Zealand after Taylor, Fleming, Daniel Vettori, and Brandon McCallum.
In the Sydney Test, New Zealand had lost more than half their wickets while chasing a target of 416 runs when they had to score more than 250 runs.
After this, the entire team was reduced to 136 runs and lost by 279 runs. Before this, New Zealand had a tough defeat in Perth and then the Melbourne Test.