Australia v New Zealand Tests
Taylor explains cheeky celebration
New Zealand batsman says 'tongue poking' celebration is for his daughter Mackenzie
16 November 2015, 03:08 PM AEST
The genesis of Ross Taylor's 'tongue poking' celebration may have been a cheeky dig at selectors, but its longevity is a tribute to his young family.
Taylor has made a habit of poking his tongue out whenever he scores a century for New Zealand and did so twice on Sunday to mark his 13th Test ton and then his second career double-hundred in the second Test against Australia.
Taylor, whose nine-and-a-half hour epic came to an end at 290 on Monday, first poked his tongue out in celebration when he scored his second one-day international century way back in 2007, coincidentally against Australia.
Having been left out of the Black Caps squad for the 2006 Champions Trophy, Taylor proved a point to selectors with an innings of 117 in a record-breaking run chase against the Aussies at Eden Park in February the following year.
Taylor celebrates century against Australia in 2007 // Getty
And he says the joy his unique celebration brings to daughter Mackenzie is the reason for its continued use.
"Right back when I was at age group I got dropped a couple of times when I got hundreds," he told Wide World of Sports.
"Then I poked my tongue out - (after) I got dropped - against Australia, my second ODI hundred.
"Ever since then my daughter has been pretty happy when I poke my tongue out and that's pretty much for her as well."
And as Taylor showed last year, his son Jonty enjoys Dad's celebration too.
— Ross Taylor (@RossLTaylor) July 27, 2014