At this stage I just want to keep on playing cricket – Ross Taylor

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor has brushed away the talks of retirement after New Zealand edged out India to win the World Test Championship.

The 37-year-old hasn’t scored a Test hundred since November 2019. However, he played a vital role in New Zealand’s win in the WTC final as well as the series before against England. 

"I’m still loving the game - still want to learn and get better, so that’s a good sign," he told reporters on a video call [as quoted by multiple websites].

"At this stage I just want to keep on playing cricket, whatever level that is, for as long as I can. A lot of players, past players, tell me you’re a long time retired, and a lot of them told me they felt like they retired too early."

Taylor's technique had come under the scanner when he scored 14 and 33 against England in the first Test at Lord’s. However, he made a strong comeback in the second Test to score 80 in the first innings at Edgbaston to help New Zealand beat England and inflict a series win. 

"When you come to my age, there’s always going to be things said about you, about your age and whatnot," said Taylor, who has amassed 7,564 runs at an average of 45.84 in tests.

"It’s been the same thing that I’ve had to deal with my whole career - but I guess as you get older that’s probably an easier thing to attack.

"But it is what it is, I still love playing the game of cricket, I still feel like I’ve got something to give to this game, both on and off the field."