In Zimbabwe, Brendan Taylor is ending his 17-year career. Against Ireland on Monday, the 34-year-old former captain, who is one of the most recognizable cricketers in his country, will play his final match.
Taylor made his Zimbabwe debut in 2004 and has since become a mainstay of the team. In ODI cricket, he scored 6677 runs from 204 matches, making him tantalisingly close to becoming Zimbabwe’s highest run-getter in the format. He has 11 ODI hundreds, more than any other Zimbabwean.
Taylor announced the news via Instagram on Sunday
“It’s taught me to humble, to always remind myself how lucky I was to be in the position I was in for so long. To wear the badge with pride and leave everything on the field.”
“My goal was to always leave the team in a better position as to when I first arrived back in 2004, I hope I have done that.”
From 2011 to 2014, Taylor served as the team’s captain before stepping up to fill the role again earlier this year. He was Zimbabwe’s leading scorer at the 2015 World Cup, but he left the team following the tournament to sign with Nottinghamshire as a Kolpak signing.
In 34 Tests, he scored 2320 runs and in 45 Twenty20 Internationals, he scored 934 runs.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country,” he wrote. “17 year’s of extreme highs and extreme lows and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”