“He will be missed” Tim Southee reacted to Ross Taylor’s retirement from international cricket
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee revealed his emotion on Ross Taylor’s retirement from International cricket while he explained his behavior in the dressing room and how his silent presence will be missed by the team.
New Zealand’s upcoming Test series against Bangladesh will be the farewell series of Ross Taylor while he will play his last white-ball series against Australia and Netherland.
“Any time a player retires, it’s a messy moment especially when someone who has played and been a regular in the squad for such a long period. It will take some adjusting to look around and not see Ross as a player or have him on this side. That assurance of having a quality player around, and the runs he’s had and the job he’s done for this side over a long period has been amazing,”said Tim Southee in a statement.
Southee explained how he enjoyed the room environment with Ross Taylor and how his quiet presence will be missed by the team.
“He’s been a regular feature of the changing room for such a long period. He’s a quiet sort of guy and sort of sits back and enjoys a good time sitting back and enjoying a wine or a drink after a Test win are moments he’ll cherish forever. He’s a great guy to have around the changing room. As I said, he’s quite reserved, but he will be missed… It’ll take a bit of time for guys to look around and not see Ross sitting there,”he said.
Ross Taylor will be playing his last red-ball series against Bangladesh from January 1, 2022.
Ross Taylor and Tim Southee have played International matches for New Zealand with each other for the last 12 years.
The opening test match against Bangladesh is scheduled to be played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga from January 1-5. The final game will be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on January 9-13.
The Test series between New Zealand and Bangladesh will be streamed live on Amazon Prime Video.