Blackcaps: Ross Taylor awarded Cricinfo's 2018 ODI innings of the year

  • 26/02/2019

Blackcaps batsman Ross Taylor is taking the Cricinfo Award for 2018's ODI innings of the year in his stride.

Taylor was recognised for his winning knock of 181 not out against England last year, accepting the trophy at Seddon Park on Tuesday.

"It's nice to get the acknowledgement," he said. "We had some good contributions along the way, partnerships with Kane [Williamson] and Tom [Latham]."

The veteran batsman fought through a hamstring injury to help his side chase down 336 to beat England in Dunedin last year, and revealed there wasn't much consideration given to ever retiring hurt.

"The physio came out and said what the thoughts are, and he said just try and smack it or come off," Taylor recalled.

"I guess once you start hitting it out of the middle, there was only one decision and that was to stay out there."

Taylor's mammoth total came from just 147 balls and included 17 fours and six sixes.

With the first test against Bangladesh starting Thursday, Taylor has switched his settings to red-ball mode on his home ground in Hamilton.

"It's normally a pretty good wicket. It was nice to see the Bangladesh bowlers during the (ODI) series and I'm sure they'll put us under some pressure."


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