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Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe has decided to retire after a 17-year career. On Monday, the 34-year-old former captain and one of his country's most well-known cricketers will play his final match, against Ireland.
Taylor made his Zimbabwe debut in 2004 and has since established himself as one of the team's mainstays. He excelled in one-day international cricket, scoring 6677 runs in 204 matches, putting him on the verge of being Zimbabwe's all-time leading run scorer in the format. With 11 ODI hundreds, he is already miles ahead of any Zimbabwean.
"It's with a heavy heart that I'm announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country," he wrote. "17 year's of extreme highs and extreme lows and I wouldn't change it for the world. Taylor made the announcement on Instagram on Sunday.
It's taught me to be humble and to constantly remember how fortunate I was to be in the position I was in for so long. To proudly wear the badge and leave everything on the field.
My goal has always been to leave the squad in a stronger position than when I initially arrived in 2004, and I believe I have accomplished that."
Taylor has a total of 2320 runs from 24 Test matches and 934 runs from 45 Twenty20 Internationals.