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Ross Taylor received Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the third time

Ross Taylor received Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the third time

New Zealand veteran batsman Ross Taylor has received the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the third time on the final day of the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Awards while Tim Southee was recognised as the top Test player of the year at the annual New Zealand Cricket Awards. He also won the men’s T20 international player of the year, New Zealand cricket’s (NZC) middle-order batsman scored 360 runs in the white-ball series against India. Overall in T20s at the international level, Taylor has featured in 101 T20 International (T20I) games and scores 1961 runs with eight half-centuries.

Starting with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Ross Taylor smashed 1,389 runs across formats to comfortably top the run-scoring charts for New Zealand, over 200 runs clear of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at second.

Ross Taylor says:

An absolute honour to receive the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal Ross Taylor has received the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal. 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. 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. I’m sure he would be proud of this, Taylor remembers the late Martin Crowe who helped in developing the right hander’s Test technique and helping him to set his goals. 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.

Tim Southee who won the Test Player of the Year title says

To perform in the format is very pleasing and the stats are nice, but at the end of the day, there’s a lot of work from your teammates that go into those numbers. The guys taking the catches, the guys bowling at the other end creating pressure, it’s a collective group effort and this award is a representation of that.

Southee bagged the Test Player of year award after having picked up 40 wickets at an average of 21.47 during the 2019-20 season.

Canterbury umpire Kim Cotton’s recognized with the New Zealand Cricket Umpire of the Year award says:

I’ve been doing it for a while, but I still absolutely love it. There’s something new every season. There’s always something exciting happening in various games whether at the club or international level. I thought I had a good season this year and I think a lot of it comes down to constantly umpiring cricket. Through the Super Smash period, I would be lucky to go four days without umpiring on the field. It kept my routine going and my eyes and ears focused.

Kim Cotton was named the Umpire of the Year after she became the first woman from New Zealand to officiate in an ICC World Cup final during the Women’s T20 event in Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

New Zealand Cricket awards at glance

Sir Richard Hadlee Medal winner: Ross Taylor

Test player of the year: Tim Southee

Umpire of the year: Kim Cotton

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