Ross Taylor becomes New Zealand’s highest scorer in Test cricket

Ross Taylor became New Zealand’s leading Test run-scorer on the fourth day at the SCG overtaking Stephen Fleming's tally of 7172. He began the second innings needing 21 runs and shortly after tea lofted Nathan Lyon down the ground for three, the landmark greeted by a standing ovation when it was announced to the crowd at the end of the over with the Australia players also acknowledging the achievement, cricinfo reports. Taylor now holds New Zealand's record in both Tests and ODIs having also passed Fleming in the 50-over format last February against Bangladesh in Dunedin.

After breaking that record, Taylor indicated he hoped to play for at least a couple more years. "I definitely don't have an end date," he said. "As everyone tells me you're a long time retired and you'll know when the best time is to retire. I just take it a couple of months at a time. I don't look too far ahead, but all going well I've hopefully got a couple of years left with the New Zealand team."