Full name Bruce Richard Taylor
Born July 12, 1943, Timaru, Canterbury
Current age 72 years 19 days
Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Wellington
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||India v New Zealand at Kolkata, Mar 5-8, 1965 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at Leeds, Jul 5-10, 1973 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v New Zealand at Swansea, Jul 18, 1973 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 20, 1973 scorecard|
|First-class span||1964/65 - 1979/80|
|List A span||1970/71 - 1980/81|
Bruce Taylor was a tall (6'3") allrounder who batted with aggression and bowled at fast-medium with an ability to move the ball both ways even on the least responsive pitches. His Test debut was dramatic - he smacked 105 in 158 minutes against India at Calcutta in 1964-65 and followed with 5 for 86 in India's first innings. In his next match he took 5 for 26. Thereafter, he was a regular in New Zealand's side, touring England three times (1965, 1969, 1973) , Pakistan (1964-65, 1969-70) and West Indies (1971-72). In England he struggled on pitches expected to favour him, but otherwise he was a model of consistency. He retired after his last England tour, but returned successfully for Wellington in 1978-79.
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