My Lord's Story: Ross Taylor

A special place in my heart

My story at Lord’s is probably a bit different to what some cricketers will tell you.

It all started when I was just 18 years old, when I had the opportunity to play with the MCC Young Cricketers.

I heard a lot about them and their history, but never knew quite what to expect.

Every day I woke up in my digs, got the 46 bus down to Lord’s while carrying my bat learning how to be the best.

Ross Taylor at Lord's in 2019.

I was very lucky that the facilities here were fantastic, with a brilliant set-up led by my coach, Clive Radley.

The opportunities in New Zealand were limited, so the chance to play cricket day in day out, and explore what life was like being away from home, was essential to me.

 And to be honest, you learn a lot of life skills.

The experience combined with growing up I’d say, helped set me up to play with some of the greatest players in the world.

"It helped set me up to play with some of the greatest players in the world."

I remember coming back to Lord’s for the first time in 2008 with New Zealand. It felt so strange, that this wonderful ground was actually once my home.

Even now, when I train on the Nursery Ground or walk through the Long Room, I get goosebumps.

I suppose my next achievement here would be to get on the Honours Boards, whether that's in ODIs or Tests.

Seeing my name up there with some of the greats would be another unbelieveable addition to my connection to Lord's.

Ross Taylor training with Middlesex at Lord's

Now when I look at the Young Cricketers programme, I feel proud to have been associated with it.

There are so many big names who have come through as a YC, and I often wonder who will be the next talent to emerge from there.

I spoke to Darren Sammy when we both got the opportunity to captain our sides and we reminisced about being a YC and how it helped our careers.

Looking back now, you must admit It’s strange how fate works.

Ross Taylor scores an ODI century for New Zealand

From being a YC to going on to captain my country, playing Test and ICC Cricket World Cup matches, Lord’s will always have a special place in my heart.

My name’s Ross Taylor and this is my Lord’s Story.

My Lord's Story