Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor. (Photograph by Fiona Goodall/Getty Pictures)

Only a day after Ross Taylor’s revelation relating to racism in New Zealand cricket went viral, one other of his tales is doing the rounds on social media. Fortunately, nothing to do with racism this time. This time, the Kiwi legend in his autobiography recalled incidents of getting out on zero after having geese earlier than the match.

Taylor recalled him having a duck the evening earlier than his ODI World Cup debut in opposition to England in 2007. Later, the Kiwi legend was dismissed for 0 on the following day. Liam Plunkett took his wicket on the very first ball he confronted after which determined to by no means have a duck earlier than a match.

“The evening earlier than my first ever World Cup Sport — in opposition to England in Saint Lucia in 2007 — Victoria and I went to a Chinese language restaurant. I had crispy fragrant duck, considered one of my favorite meals. Liam Plunkett bowled me a fullish outswinger first ball; I went for the large cowl drive, nicked it and Andrew Flintoff took a one-handed diving catch. Rule primary: don’t have duck the evening earlier than a recreation,” Taylor stated. 

He needed to be rescued by resort workers: Taylor recalled a narrative regarding Andrew Flintoff

On the exact same evening when Taylor was out on zero, Andrew Flintoff needed to undergo a horrible expertise. The previous English all-rounder was additionally dismissed for a golden duck. Later within the day, Flintoff determined to have a nightcap with Ian Botham. He was later rescued by the resort workers and he wakened when coach Duncan Fletcher was pounding on the door the following morning.

“Thoughts you, Freddie had a good worse day than I did: he additionally acquired a golden duck, didn’t take a wicket and England acquired hammered. About 1.30 am, he determined it could be a good suggestion to have a nightcap with Ian Botham, who was staying on a ship out within the bay. Freddie commandeered a pedalo, put to sea and needed to be rescued by resort workers. He wakened the following morning, nonetheless moist and with sand between his toes, to the sound of his irate coach, Duncan Fletcher, pounding on the door,” Taylor talked about in his autobiography.

He recalled one other incident of getting duck earlier than and getting out within the match. “Years later, we went to a dégustation dinner that included duck. I stated I couldn’t have the duck as a result of I used to be taking part in in two days’ time. Our buddies persuaded me the rule solely utilized after I was taking part in the following day. So, I had some duck and, positive sufficient, two days later I acquired a golden (first-ball duck).” he stated to conclude the duck saga of his life.