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Watch: Ross Taylor Bids Adieu To Test Cricket In Style, Twitter Goes Bonkers


Ross Taylor’s Test career had a fairytale finish as the New Zealand great, playing in his 112th and last Test, took the final wicket of the Bangladesh innings as the hosts romped home to an innings and 117-run victory at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday. With the light fading, Taylor was thrown the ball and on the third ball of the over, picked up the wicket of Ebadot Hossain for only his third Test wicket. It was a fitting farewell for Taylor, who bowed out of red-ball cricket with a New Zealand record 7,683 runs to his name and 37th in the all-time list of the sport’s most prolific run-getters.

After taking the wicket, the New Zealand great was mobbed by his teammates.

Watch Ross Taylor takes wicket off his final ball in Test cricket:

Social media went into overdrive with fans, players and journalists hailing Taylor for his glittering Test career and his fairytale finish.

The win helped New Zealand draw the two-match series against Bangladesh 1-1. The visitors had pulled off an unlikely win in the opening Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

But New Zealand came roaring back in the second with stand-in skipper Tom Latham leading from the front.

The left-hander scored a brilliant 252 as New Zealand posted 521 for six declared in their first innings.

Trent Boult took a fifer and reached the milestone of 300 wickets as Bangladesh were skittled out for 126 in the first innings.

Bangladesh, forced to follow on 385 in arrears, were all out in their second innings for 278.

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Kyle Jamieson took four for 82 and Neil Wagner three for 77, while Liton Das top-scored for Bangladesh with 102.

(With AFP inputs)

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