Bob Taylor      

Full name Robert William Taylor

Born July 17, 1941, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Current age 75 years 39 days

Major teams England, Derbyshire

Nickname Chat

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Robert William Taylor
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 57 83 12 1156 97 16.28 4260 27.13 0 3 100 1 167 7
ODIs 27 17 7 130 26* 13.00 312 41.66 0 0 7 0 26 6
First-class 639 880 167 12065 100 16.92 1 23 1473 176
List A 333 241 91 2227 53* 14.84 0 1 345 75
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 57 1 12 6 0 - - - 3.00 - 0 0 0
ODIs 27 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 639 117 75 1 1/23 75.00 3.84 117.0 0 0
List A 333 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Feb 25-Mar 1, 1971 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v England at Lahore, Mar 19-24, 1984 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 25, 1984 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1960 - 1988
List A span 1963 - 1984
Profile

Among the few undisputed blessings of the Packer revolution was that it gave Bob Taylor the Test career he had almost given up hope of having. An uncomplaining understudy for almost a decade, Taylor's only cap before Alan Knott joined World Series Cricket was in New Zealand in 1970-71. Knott was fit and keen to play, but this was skipper Ray Illingworth's way of rewarding Taylor's loyalty and patience. Taylor was known as "Chat" by team-mates grateful for his willingness to talk, and often listen at length, to people he had never seen before and would never see again in tour receptions. He went on to play another 56 Tests, confirming that in wicketkeeping skills he lost nothing by comparison with Knott. As a batsman he was no more than a dogged little sticker. But it said everything about his sportsmanship that, at Adelaide in 1978-79, he walked for a tiny leg-side tickle when he was three short of what would have been his only England hundred.
John Thicknesse October 2004

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Jul 25, 1986

Bill Athey helps substitute keeper Bob Taylor put his pads on while Roland Butcher holds the gloves, England v New Zealand, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day, July 25, 1986

Bill Athey helps substitute keeper Bob Taylor put his pads on while Roland Butcher holds the gloves

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1986

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor

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1985

Bob Taylor keeps, England, 1985

Bob Taylor keeps

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1977

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street - Aug 23-26
Durham 207 Warwickshire 344/7 (116 ov)
Glamorgan v Sussex at Cardiff - Aug 23-26
Glamorgan 252 & 149/2 (45.3 ov) Sussex 283
Gloucs v Kent at Bristol - Aug 23-26
Gloucs 221 & 34/4 (16.3 ov) Kent 533/6d
Leics v Essex at Leicester - Aug 23-25
Essex won by an innings and 10 runs
Somerset v Hampshire at Taunton - Aug 23-26
Hampshire 338 Somerset 534/7 (134 ov)
Surrey v Lancashire at The Oval - Aug 23-26
Lancashire 287 & 203/8 (63 ov) Surrey 480
Worcs v Northants at Worcester - Aug 23-26
Northants 551 Worcs 195/3 (57.2 ov)
Yorkshire v Notts at Scarborough - Aug 23-26
Yorkshire 282 & 263/4d Notts 94 & 61/3 (23 ov, target 452)
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