In what was an emotional final international match for Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batter failed to hold back tears during national anthem ahead of the start of the match and then later, as he walked out to bat one last time, Netherlands cricketers gave him a guard of honour.
Taylor, who entertained with slog sweeps, was out while playing the same shot after having scored 14 off 16 in the third and final ODI between New Zealand and Netherlands being played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton today.
The day began with Taylor trying his best to hold back tears during the customary pre-contest national anthems. This was his 450th match for New Zealand and he brought his three children – Mackenzie, Jonty and Adelaide – alongside for the national anthem.
Among the crowd was his wife Victoria and extended family as they witnessed one of the finest batters of his era take the field one last time.