Ross Taylor Suppress Stephen Fleming To Become New Zealand's Leading Run Scorer In ODI Cricket

| February 20 , 2019 , 17:42 IST

Kiwi senior batsman Ross Taylor on Wednesday became New Zealand’s highest run-scorer in the one-day international.

The right-handed batsman achieved this feat during his 64-runs innings against Bangladesh in the 3rd one-day international and broke Stephen Fleming's tally of 8,007-runs.

He also became the fourth-fastest batsman to reach the mark, behind Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Sourav Ganguly.      

Taylor scored 69 off 81 balls as the Black Caps cruised to 330 for six after losing the toss and being sent in to bat, with Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham also making half centuries.

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Mustafizur Rahman was the only Bangladesh bowler to take two wickets, but they came at a price as he conceded 93 runs from his 10 overs.

Taylor’s 47th ODI half-century took his career tally in the 50-over format to 8,026 runs, overtaking Stephen Fleming’s 8,007.

The 34-year-old, who made his ODI debut in 2006, reached his milestone in 203 innings with a superb average of 48.34.

Speaking to media, Ross Taylor said, "I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey’s years ago."

"If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it’s nice to set the bar for the next guy. I’m still enjoying myself and hopefully I’ve still got a few years in me," he added.