Full name Mark Anthony Taylor
Born October 27, 1964, Leeton, New South Wales
Current age 50 years 279 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Also known as Tubby
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 26-30, 1989 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 2-5, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, Dec 26, 1989 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at The Oval, May 24, 1997 scorecard|
|First-class span||1985/86 - 1998/99|
|List A span||1985/86 - 1998/99|
Mark Taylor was such a masterful opening batsman, slip fielder and captain for Australia that he was looked upon as an allrounder. A heavily built left-hander who played classically late, Taylor made 839 Test runs on his first England tour (1989) and for most of his 104 Tests remained reassuringly solid. He was equally dependable at first slip, where he cradled most of his world-record 157 catches. After he inherited the captaincy from Allan Border in 1994-95 he began with a pair, but soon added such acute tactical vibrancy that the following year Australia toppled West Indies in the Caribbean to become unofficial world champions. Taylor's leadership and diplomacy marked him out as one of Australia's greatest captains, and saved his place during an 18-month batting slump that ended with a memorable century at Edgbaston in 1997. The following year he made an unbeaten 334 at Peshawar to match Don Bradman's highest score for Australia, then declared. Six months later, still only 34, but with the Ashes again safe and his timing as sound as ever, he retired to the commentary box.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1990
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