Ross Taylor eyes international retirement post-2023 World Cup
Ross Taylor has vowed to continue representing New Zealand till the 2023 World Cup in India before considering an exit from the international arena.
The 36-year-old hopes to play a pivotal role in overturning the Black Caps' World Cup fortunes following successive defeats in the tournament's deciders.
He was a key member of New Zealand's impressive run in the World Cup last year, where his side were unable to topple hosts England in the final at Lord's despite the match and the Super Over ending in a tie.
Taylor's stint at the showpiece event was followed by a spate of personal milestones, reestablishing his iconic status in New Zealand cricket.
He became his country's most prolific Test run-scorer in the series against Australia and also marched into the record books as the first cricketer to turn out in 100 international games in all formats.
"It's been an amazing year, it's been full of ups and downs," Taylor said after he was awarded the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in a virtual ceremony held online.
With the coronavirus pandemic halting global cricket, Taylor focused on the importance of keeping mentally fit to ensure players are able to deliver strong performances once professional sport resumes.
"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.
"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 added.
Taylor's excellence often goes unnoticed and unappreciated as his valiant contributions are devoid of a touch of flamboyance that propels players into the limelight.
His penchant for scoring runs has rarely ceased to exist as he remains a potent force in the batting line-up since making his debut in 2006.
Taylor's class was at the fore in his extraordinary knocks during New Zealand's 3-0 drubbing over India earlier this year.
He starred with an unbeaten 109 off 84 balls to help the home team surmount a steep 348-run target against a quality Indian side in the series opener.