Ross Taylor burst onto the scene with a flamboyant unbeaten 128 in the 2006/7 One Day series with Sri Lanka. He had made his debut against the West Indies, scoring 15 but his century in just his third outing marked him down as one to follow in the future for New Zealand.
He made his Test debut on New Zealand's 2007/8 tour of South Africa, but failed to make any score higher than 17, but given a superb first class record for Central Districts and his apparently seamless step up from domestic to international cricket ensured that he was given a long run in the side, and he responded by hitting two centuries against England in 2008, including a superb unbeaten 154 at Old Trafford.
He has now played in more than 250 times for his country, helping them to the semi-finals of the 2007 and 2011 World Cups and also had a spell as captain, although he has subsequently relinquished that role.
Without the burden of captaincy, and part of a strong New Zealand side, Taylor has flourished again, making history by becoming the fifth man to score centuries in consecutive ODIs in August 2014, joining de Kock on an illustrious list.
He then helped New Zealand reach the final of the World Cup, with a half-century against Bangladesh his best performance.