Cricket: Blackcaps icon Ross Taylor still coming to terms with fairytale finish to test match career

A day on from the unbelievable ending to his test career, Ross Taylor is still struggling to process what happened.

The Blackcaps legend took a wicket with his final ball as a test cricketer to secure New Zealand victory in the second test against Bangladesh in Christchurch.

But the man of the moment's unsure he should even have bowled, yet to comprehend his Hollywood ending.

"I sort of don't believe in fairytales," Taylor says.

And yet, it may as well have been one. Were it not for some Hagley Oval pressure, Taylor's unsure he would've even had the chance to roll the arm over.

"Thanks for the bad light with the Canterbury crowd which made me have to bowl I guess. 

"I don't know if Tom [Latham] wanted to bowl me, I just took my hat off."

Captain Latham revealed even the umpires played their part in getting Taylor to the crease.

Ross Taylor celebrates his final test wicket.
Ross Taylor celebrates his final test wicket. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

"It was actually very dark out there," Latham says. 

"They said we can't bowl seamers and so that led to one decision to bowl Ross and it couldn't have been scripted any better."

Taylor's effectiveness with the bat is well known, after all, he's scored more than 7500 runs at an average just under 45.

But even regular skipper Kane Williamson was surprised to see him have success with the ball.

"I wish he'd told us earlier," Williamson says. 

"He landed them beautifully. All of the guys encourage me to come on and have a roll but incredibly fitting and a really fun end to an amazing test career.

The team and Taylor's family celebrated with his now almost trademark meal - KFC.

"To be fair, I had one piece," Taylor adds. "Oh I had two, but I didn't finish one of them, [I] was too busy talking."

But with white ball games against Australia and then back home against the Netherlands, Taylor concedes it doesn't feel like the end just yet.

"I'm sure once I do finish, it'll probably hit me a bit more then."

And when it does, he can realise just what a fairytale finish it's been.