Black Caps veteran batsman Ross Taylor has claimed the top honour on the final day of the New Zealand Cricket Awards, winning the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the third time.

Bowler Tim Southee was named Test player of the year.

For Taylor, it was a season of milestones as he helped guide the
Black Caps ODI side to a second successive ICC Cricket World Cup Final;
surpassed Stephen Fleming’s all-time Test runs scoring record for New
Zealand, and became the first cricketer to play 100 international games
in each of the three formats.

The 36-year-old was once again the glue in the top-order, amassing
1,389 runs across the three formats in a season in which he played in
all but one of the Black Caps’ 32 internationals, from England to Sri
Lanka, Australia and at home.

It’s the third time Taylor’s won the supreme award in its ten-year history.

“It’s been full of ups and downs. A World Cup Final – losing that
final. The Boxing Day Test, which was such a proud moment to be part of
and to have so many Kiwis there supporting us was something I’ll never
forget,” Taylor said.

“I was happy with the consistency this season and any time you can
contribute to the team performance and help get the team across the line
is special.

Taylor reflected on the influence of the late Martin Crowe who was
instrumental in developing the right hander’s Test technique and helping
him to set his goals.

“I’m sure he would be proud of this,” Taylor said.

“Marty was able to pass on a lot of his experience and wisdom which has played a massive part in my career.

“It was always something that he always pushed me to do (break
records). I think he would probably be surprised at how well I have
done.

“But I’ve been fortunate to be helped by a lot of people over the years and I guess when you win awards like this it’s nice to be able to thank them.”

RNZ

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