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Ross Taylor becomes first cricketer to play 100 matches in all formats

Ross Taylor is the leading run-scorer of New Zealand in Test and ODI.

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Ross Taylor becomes first cricketer to play 100 matches in all formats
Ross Taylor enjoyed the moment with his children. Photo: New Zealand cricket

New Zealand master batsman Ross Taylor on Friday created an unique record as he became the first cricketer in the history of the game to play one hundred matches in all three formats.

The right-handed middle-order batsman achieved the milestone in the first Test against India at Basin Reserve.

A special cap presentation ceremony was occurred before the beginning of the match where Taylor was present with his family, friends, team-mates and fans.

Prior to that the 35-year-old recently played his 100th T20I game against India on February 2. While the veteran has so far featured in 231 ODIs for New Zealand.

“Really excited about the occasion. It’s very nice for the team and the family to experience something they might never do again,” said Taylor, who made his Test debut in 2007.

“I’ll need some help drinking (the hundred bottles of wine), but they can be stored for a while. It keeps the tradition from Fleming, Brendon (McCullum) and Dan who all played over a hundred Tests each and hopefully we can celebrate this one with a win,” he added.

Ross Taylor is the leading run-scorer of New Zealand in Test and ODI with 7174 and 8570 runs respectively to his name.

With 1909 runs beside his name, Taylor is in third in the list behind former captain Brendon McCullum (2140 from 71 matches) and opener Martin Guptill (2536 from 88 matches).

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