Full name Jack Martin Robert Taylor
Born November 12, 1991, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Current age 25 years 343 days
Major teams Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Oxfordshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - MD Taylor
|First-class debut||Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Bristol, Aug 31-Sep 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Bristol, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Somerset v Gloucestershire at Taunton, May 8, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Gloucestershire at Eastbourne, May 14, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Gloucestershire v Somerset at Bristol, Jul 1, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval, Aug 17, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3||Gloucs||v Derbyshire||Bristol||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|3/50, 7, 1/53||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|17, 0/7, 27||Gloucs||v Kent||Bristol||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|36||Gloucs||v Leics||Leicester||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|0/58, 101*, 0/70, 43||Gloucs||v Worcs||Worcester||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|28||Gloucs||v Surrey||The Oval||17 Aug 2017||T20|
|31||Gloucs||v Middlesex||Uxbridge||15 Aug 2017||T20|
|1, 1/14||Gloucs||v Essex||Bristol||13 Aug 2017||T20|
|8||Gloucs||v Sussex||Hove||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|1/33, 28||Gloucs||v Northants||Northampton||6 Aug 2017||FC|
Jack Taylor, the older brother of Matt, a seamer also at Gloucestershire, has twice had a promising career as an off-spinner disrupted because of doubts about the validity of his action. Taylor was first reported for an illegal action at New Road in May 2013 and required to undertake remedial work which was only passed as legitimate in February 2014. The same fate befell him in 2016 when he missed two months of the summer before his remedial work was again viewed as successful.
The disruption to his bowling has been evident with his average slipping well below 40 in Championship cricket by the end of 2016. Optimism remains that he will find a long-term answer to the issue and rediscover the bite in his bowling. In the meantime, he has found consolation in some destructive hitting in the lower-middle order which makes him a dangerous customer in any situation and which seems to be taken out his frustrations on opposition bowlers.
Taylor found his first XI break in Twenty20 in 2011, taking a memorable 4 for 16 in victory over Somerset. He gradually took over as the club's first-choice spinner in first-class cricket, too, and took three wickets, Kumar Sangakkara included, as Gloucestershire beat Surrey in the final of the 2015 Royal London Cup final.
He made his first two Championship centuries in 2015, against Derbyshire and Northants. But his danger with the bat was never more apparent than in a rain-affected Royal London tie against Derbyshire in Bristol when Gloucestershire chased a D/L recalculation of 68 in four overs, Taylor getting 41 from 14 balls - a tournament the county went on to win.
That mood continued in 2016. He struck a 71-ball Championship hundred in murky light against Worcestershire at Worcester. There was also a magnificently defiant assault in the quarter-final of the NatWest Blast against Durham at Bristol when he made 80 not out from 412 balls, in vain, from a near-hopeless position of 61 for 6.