Full name Steven Ryan Taylor
Born November 9, 1993, Hialeah, Florida
Current age 24 years 15 days
Major teams United States of America, Americas Under-15s, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, International World XI, United States of America Under-19s
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Father - S Taylor
|First-class debut||Jamaica v Barbados at Kingston, Nov 9-12, 2017 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leeward Islands v Jamaica at Basseterre, Nov 16-19, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Barbados v ICC Americas at St Augustine, Jan 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Last List A||Barbados v Jamaica at Coolidge, Feb 18, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Uganda v United States of America at Sharjah, Mar 13, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors at Lauderhill, Aug 6, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|20, 1c/0s, 1, 1c/0s||Jamaica||v Leeward Is||Basseterre||16 Nov 2017||FC|
|1, 1c/0s, 12||Jamaica||v Barbados||Kingston||9 Nov 2017||FC|
|2||Amazon||v Patriots||Lauderhill||6 Aug 2017||T20|
|7||Amazon||v Patriots||Lauderhill||5 Aug 2017||T20|
|10||U.S.A.||v Singapore||Kampala||30 May 2017||Other OD|
|8, 5/32||U.S.A.||v Uganda||Entebbe||29 May 2017||Other OD|
|0/40, 1||U.S.A.||v Canada||Kampala||27 May 2017||Other OD|
|69, 1/35||U.S.A.||v Singapore||Kampala||26 May 2017||Other OD|
|2/12, 25||U.S.A.||v Malaysia||Kampala||24 May 2017||Other OD|
|13, 2/26||U.S.A.||v Oman||Entebbe||23 May 2017||Other OD|
One of the best homegrown talents in the modern generation of USA cricket, Steven Taylor's imposing physical presence makes him capable of destructive power-hitting, a rare characteristic at Associate level.
Born and raised in south Florida to Jamaican immigrants, he began playing adult league cricket when he was 9. Taylor made his first USA senior tour a few days after turning 15, in November 2008. Eventually, he made his debut at 16 against Jamaica in May 2010, by which time he was hovering at over six feet tall. In 2011, he set a USA U-19 record with 140 off 120 balls against Papua New Guinea at the U-19 World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.
In March 2013, he became the first USA player to score a T20 century, clubbing 101 off 62 balls against Bermuda. Taylor followed that up with an unbeaten 127 off 62 balls two days later against Cayman Islands in Florida to propel USA to an unbeaten 8-0 run at the ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 Championship. The following month, he smashed Nepal's spinners to score 162 off 102 balls on the opening day of ICC WCL Division Three in Bermuda.
Still a teenager, Taylor was chosen to captain the USA men's team later that summer for the 2013 Auty Cup tour to Canada as a stand-in for the unavailable Steve Massiah. However, a late-night drinking incident on tour at the Regional U-19 World Cup Qualifier in Toronto a few weeks earlier had him stripped of the captaincy. He was also given a one-match suspension for breaking team curfew. Since then, he has struggled to reach the heights he did in the first half of 2013 for USA despite his talent.
Taylor is one among a few Americans to carve out a place for himself in T20 franchise cricket, securing a CPL contract in 2015 with Barbados Tridents, where he has developed under former USA coach Robin Singh. Originally a wicketkeeper-batsman, Taylor gave up the gloves in 2015 to keep his body fresh for batting but it has also allowed him to develop his skills as a useful part-time offspinner.
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