After scoring 181 not out to lead the Black Caps to an unlikely win in their fourth ODI against England on Wednesday, Ross Taylor earned a spot on the list of great innings by Kiwi batsmen.

He also earned chicken. A whole lot of chicken.

After being the driving force that saw the Kiwi side level the series at 2-2, KFC offered the batsman $181 in vouchers to help him refuel and celebrate his birthday.

Taylor turned 34 on Thursday.


The KFC New Zealand twitter account reached out to the match-winner, saying: "The Colonel wants to celebrate that PB with you the best way he knows how... with $181 of Chicken Dollars."

Followers were quick to react to KFC's offer, with some rather cheeky suggestions...

The gesture added to the birthday present Taylor had waiting for himself after Wednesday's match - a nice bottle of red wine.

However, he admitted he might not have been indulging after his sensational performance on in Dunedin.

"I had a nice bottle of wine in my suitcase which I was going to open. Damn it, I don't think I can have it if I want to play on Saturday."

Taylor - battling injury and the early loss of both opening batsmen - eclipsed his career-best 131 not out in a record 336 run chase to lead the Black Caps to a five wicket-win.

The deciding ODI takes place at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.