Ross Taylor prays and apologies as he passed Crowe’s record

New Zealand declared their first innings at 432/6 after a double century by Ross Taylor in the rain affected second Test against Bangladesh in Wellington on Monday.

Ross Taylor prays and apologies as he passed Crowe's record

Taylor reached his third double century with a huge six over long on off Taijul Islam raised his bat in salute as he passed his mentor, the late Martin Crowe; he was dismissed from the next ball he faced.

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Taylor’s 200 off 212 balls against Bangladesh was his 18th Test hundred, taking him past Crowe’s 17 and putting him second behind Kane Williamson in New Zealand’s all-time list.

Speaking after stumps, Taylor spoke of his memories of Crowe’s once mythical tally of 17 Test centuries.

“Seventeen was such a big number from when I started playing cricket, and once I got there it was a bit of a relief. Then I didn’t kick on and it was probably a little bit in my subconscious and it played on my mind,”

Taylor said.

“Before this I had a chat to our sports psych guy, Pete [Sanford], to just acknowledge it’s always going to be there. It’s nice to knock it off and just go out there and play,” Ross Taylor who whispered a prayer and an apology to the late Crow when he reached the double ton.

“I told Hogan [Crowe] apologies for taking so long to get there. I heard it was him I just broke most runs at the Basin so he’s probably a bit annoyed with that one,” Taylor said.

“There was a stage out there where I thought ‘Hogan got 299 [against Sri Lanka], I might get 199’. It was nice to get past that. I’ve always loved playing at the Basin, it was nice for family and friends to be here as well,” he said.

Taylor said, “If you’d told me that at the start of the day, especially how the first 10 overs went, I would have said you were kidding.”

Most Test centuries for New Zealand:

20 – Kane Williamson (72 tests)
18 – Ross Taylor (92 tests)
17 – Martin Crowe (77 tests)
12 – John Wright (82 tests)
12 – Brendon McCullum (101 tests)

Most Test runs at the Basin Reserve:

1226 – Taylor (21 innings)
1123 – Crowe (17 innings)
1048 – Williamson (20 innings)
1021 – McCullum (28 innings)
1005 – Wright (23 innings)

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