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Ross Taylor, who is of Samoan descent, wrote in his new autobiography entitled Black & White that cricket in New Zealand is a pretty white sport

In a major revelation, Ross Taylor has accused teammates and officials of making racial comments on him during his 16-year-long career in New Zealand.

Taylor, who is of Samoan descent, wrote in his new autobiography that cricket in New Zealand is a pretty white sport. He recalled that locker room banter sometimes was racist and hurtful but he was concerned that raising the issue might make the situation worse.

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In his autobiography, Taylor revealed how his ethnicity was used to explain a point to him.

“A teammate used to tell me you're half a good guy Ross but which half is good? You don't know what I'm referring to.' I was pretty sure I did."

Reacting to Taylor's revelation, a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson told a country's daily that the national body deplores racism and is deeply disappointed Ross has been exposed to this type of behaviour.

Ross Taylor is the highest run-getter for New Zealand in Tests and ODIs. In 112 Tests, Taylor had accumulated 7684 runs, including 19 centuries while scored 8602 runs, including 21 hundreds, in 236 ODI games.

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