Cricket: Blackcaps legend Ross Taylor eases into retirement without final-match memorabilia

Blackcaps great Ross Taylor took the winning catch against the Netherlands in hometown Hamilton last night, ending a stellar 16-year-career in fitting fashion - but what exactly does the first day of international retirement mean for the country's highest runscorer?

Throwdowns with son Jonty.

"I probably got enough throwdowns from my old man, so I have to repay the favour," said Taylor. "He's just getting the bug now."

But throwdowns aren't the only thing that come with hanging up the pads.

"Well, I hope he hasn't hurt his finger, because he has to do the lawn tomorrow," said daughter Mackenzie during a boundary interview on Monday night.

Taylor laughs.

"I actually have to borrow the neighbour's [mower] or something. I don't know where it is

"Our lawn guy's probably thinking, 'You don't do the lawns, Ross'."

After taking the winning catch against the Dutch, Taylor was quick to get his hands on the match ball as a piece of memorabilia.

"Well, there's a bit of a story about that," he said. "I thought, 'I'll keep this one' and then Matt Henry got his 100th ODI wicket with it, and he didn't have the heart to come and tell me.

"Kyle Jamieson just came and gave me a little tap on the shoulder."

A player of Taylor's ability is irreplacable, but the Blackcaps now have a ready replacement in the form of Will Young.

"We've known for a long time that he's been somewhat of an heir apparent, but we've got a number of those at the moment as well," said coach Gary Stead.

With others in the team reaching the later stages of their careers, Taylor sees that as a headache for selectors.

"I suppose in the next few years, there's going to be a lot more retirements," he said. "I think the biggest challenge going forward for the team is to pick a few more youngsters."

Luckily, Taylor has one in his own backyard.

"I'm going to be a batter," says Jonty. "I can tell I'm a better batter, because I practice more than a batter."

Sounds like plenty more throwdowns for dad in the years to come.