The tributes continue to flow for New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor - when he was awarded the prestigious 2014 Players' Cap, after the NZCPA Players' Golf day in Auckland on 7th March.
Only a day after walking away with all the major titles at the New Zealand Cricketer of the Year Awards, the BLACKCAPS right-hander was presented with The Players' Cap by New Zealand spin-bowler and NZCPA Board Member Daniel Vettori, in front of delighted team-mates and coaching staff.
Taylor's record over the 12-month qualification period was compelling.
In 14 Test innings he harvested 816 runs at an average of 81.60, including three centuries in succession against the West Indies. In ODIs, he scored 770 runs at 51.33, and added another three hundreds. His T20 average was 34.66 - at a strike-rate of 113.
"The last few days have been incredibly humbling, but this award, The Players' Cap means a lot"
"To be recognised by the team, and in particular my team mates is simply amazing. I am pretty pleased right now" said an excited Taylor after the presentation.
The annual Players' Cap award was first introduced in 2012. New Zealand players, coaching staff; one match official and one member of the media are each requested to rank the three best performers from each match played by the BLACKCAPS, and the points are collated at the end of the year.
Taylor's closest rivals for the award were New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, and fellow batsman, Kane Williamson.
The leading Players' Cap vote recipients from each series during 2013/14 season were
Tour to England; Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
ICC Champions Trophy; Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kane Williamson
Tour to Bangladesh; Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson, Neil Wagner
Tour to Sri Lanka; Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Tom Latham
ANZ Series v West Indies; Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult
ANZ Series v India; Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson
Previous Player's Cap Winners
2013: Tim Southee
2012: Brendon McCullum