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Les Taylor      

Full name Leslie Brian Taylor

Born October 25, 1953, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire

Current age 63 years 246 days

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 6 ft 3 in

Education Heathfield High School, Earl Shilton

Leslie Brian Taylor
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 2 1 1 1 1* - 10 10.00 0 0 0 0 1 0
ODIs Insights on odi 2 1 1 1 1* - 6 16.66 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 218 199 86 1061 60 9.38 0 53 0
List A 210 65 44 166 15* 7.90 0 0 42 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 2 4 381 178 4 2/34 3/73 44.50 2.80 95.2 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 2 2 84 47 0 - - - 3.35 - 0 0 0
First-class 218 31480 14648 581 7/28 25.21 2.79 54.1 18 1
List A 210 9561 6468 302 6/35 6/35 21.41 4.05 31.6 8 4 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Birmingham, Aug 15-20, 1985 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 29-Sep 2, 1985 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v England at Kingston, Feb 18, 1986 scorecard
Last ODI England v India at The Oval, May 24, 1986 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1977 - 1990
List A span 1977 - 1990
Profile

Les Taylor was one of the last of a breed - an English seamer from down the mines. Tall and muscular, he used accuracy and movement off the seam to good effect, and although he was 23 before he made his Leicestershire debut, he quickly established himself in the side. In 1981 he took 75 wickets, but threw in his lot with Graham Gooch's rebel tour to South Africa when overlooked by the selectors. On that trip he was the leading bowler with 11 wickets at 18.72. He made his England debut in 1985 after serving a three-year ban, playing the final two Tests of the summer. He did enough to win selection for that winter's tour of the Caribbean, but so rare were his outings in the West Indies that he was dubbed "Lord Lucan" by sections of the media. His career was dogged by niggling injuries - Martin Johnson once wrote that when Taylor was playing "the Grace Road physiotherapist got through more work than a Skegness donkey". As a batsman, Taylor was a genuine No. 11 - on one occasion with Leicestershire needing 20 to avoid the follow-on, Taylor arrived at the crease to face a rampaging Sylvester Clarke. David Gower, the Leicestershire captain, shook his head. "I just can't do it," he said, and declared.
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Les Taylor, England v Australia, The Oval, August 30, 1985

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 367 (86.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 106/0 (36 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 2/0 (2 ov) Glamorgan 237
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 43/1 (19 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 60/3 (16 ov) Leics 157
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 105/4 (34 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 31/0 (7 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 Warwickshire 259/7 (109 ov)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 516/7d Yorkshire 27/1 (10.5 ov)
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