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Full name Philip Henry Taylor
Born September 18, 1917, Greenbank, Bristol
Died December 1, 2012, Bedfordshire (aged 95 years 74 days)
Major teams Gloucestershire
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
|First-class span||1938 - 1938|
Phil Taylor's flirtation with first-class cricket was brief, playing once for Gloucestershire as a batsman in 1938. It was in football he made his mark in sport. As a player he represented Bristol Rovers and then turned out 345 times for Liverpool either side of the War, helping them to the First Division Championship in 1946-47 and making the first of his three England appearances the following season. He retired in 1954 and within two years returned to Anfield as the club's manager with them languishing in Division Two. In four seasons he failed to restore them to the top flight and he resigned late in 1959. His legacy lived on as he recruited future managers Joe Fagan and Bob Paisley to the club's legendary backroom set-up. He moved away from the game and became a salesman. At the time of his death he was believed to be the oldest surviving England internationals and one of a handful to have played football - and cricket - before World War Two.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.