Ross Taylor Wins New Zealand Cricket First Prize and Looks to Start World Cup in India

WELLINGTON: veteran hitter Ross Taylor won New Zealand Cricket First prize on Friday for the third time and he promised to continue until the 2023 World Cup in India.

The 36-year-old received the award Sir Richard Hadlee Medal in a virtual ceremony held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Taylor was a key part of the Black Caps' run to a second consecutive World Cup final last July, where they lost to England following an obscure limit counting rule.

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In the past 12 months, he also became New Zealand's most prolific test scorer and entered the record books as the first cricket player to play 100 international matches in all three formats.

It has been an incredible year, it has been full of ups and downs, he said.

After back-to-back losses in World Cup decision-makers, Taylor hopes it will be the third time he is lucky as he points to the 2023 tournament to be held in India.

I think the most important thing is hunger and mental motivation to keep improving, if that is still there, then age is just a number, he told reporters.

Taylor said she would stay with the Black Caps as long as she felt she deserved her place and was contributing to the team.

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 said.

Taylor made her international debut in 2006 and has since played 101 Tests, 232 one-day and 100 T20s.