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Full name Brendan Ross Murray Taylor
Born February 6, 1986, Harare
Current age 28 years 198 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Chittagong Kings, Mashonaland A, Mid West Rhinos, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Wellington, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Under-19s, Zimbabwe XI
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, May 6-8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare, Aug 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Bulawayo, Apr 20, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Bulawayo, Aug 19, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare, Aug 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Manicaland v Mashonaland at Mutare, Dec 3, 2003 scorecard|
|Last List A||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Bulawayo, Aug 19, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|14||Zimbabwe||v South Africa||Bulawayo||19 Aug 2014||ODI # 3508|
|6||Zimbabwe||v South Africa||Bulawayo||17 Aug 2014||ODI # 3507|
|93, 5||Zimbabwe||v South Africa||Harare||9 Aug 2014||Test # 2135|
|1||Zimbabwe||v Afghanistan||Bulawayo||24 Jul 2014||ODI # 3506|
|53, 0c/0s||Zimbabwe||v Afghanistan||Bulawayo||22 Jul 2014||ODI # 3505|
|11*||Zimbabwe||v Afghanistan||Bulawayo||20 Jul 2014||ODI # 3504|
|43||Zimbabwe||v Afghanistan||Bulawayo||18 Jul 2014||ODI # 3503|
|106||Rhinos||v Tuskers||Bulawayo||15 Apr 2014||FC|
|2c/0s, 47||Rhinos||v Tuskers||Bulawayo||14 Apr 2014||LA|
|83, 2c/0s, 0c/0s||Rhinos||v Rocks||Masvingo||29 Mar 2014||FC|
Brendan Taylor, who was fast-tracked into the Zimbabwe national team against Sri Lanka in 2003-04 at the age of 18 after the withdrawal of the so-called rebel players, shot to prominence at Cape Town on September 12, 2007, when his ice-cool 60 not out carried Zimbabwe to an incredible five-wicket win over Australia in the ICC World Twenty20. Taylor was back where he began as an opening batsman, having briefly moved down the order, and he marshalled a tense run-chase with the sort of sang froid that few had ever credited him with. It was not the first time he has displayed a calm head in a pressurised situation, however. In August 2006 he smoked 17 runs from the last over of a run chase - including a six to win off the last ball when five were needed - to give Zimbabwe a 2-1 lead in the ODI series against Bangladesh. Taylor has always had the ability to build an innings, but developed a penchant for being dismissed while trying to play too aggressively.
He was nurtured by Iain Campbell, father of Alistair, at the well-known Lilfordia primary school near Harare, was a regular choice for national age-group teams and played in two Under-19 World Cups. He made his first-class debut for Mashonaland A at the age of 15; the following year he scored 200 not out in the B Division of the Logan Cup. He appears to be well regarded in Zimbabwe Cricket, so much so that he was picked for the national side despite not signing a new contract at the start of 2006, and despite an earlier suspension for disciplinary reasons. With the temporary departure of Tatenda Taibu, he took over the wicketkeeping gloves in the West Indies; he has kept wicket regularly since primary school. As a batsman he was well respected by the opposition, but tended to get out when well set. Poor footwork was also a handicap at times, but has worked to improve that, and in November 2009 struck his maiden one-day hundred, playing a lone hand in his unbeaten 118 as Zimbabwe struggled to 221 for 9 in unfamiliar conditions.
That knock proved something of a turning point for him, and in the year that followed he struck centuries against Sri Lanka and South Africa and proved Zimbabwe's stand-out batsman at the 2011 World Cup, his trademark uppercut to third man one of the lasting images of the tournament. His star continued to rise as Zimbabwe readied themselves for a return to Test cricket, and in June 2011 he was named captain of the national side.
The additional responsibility of captaincy worked wonders for his batting, as he scored four centuries in his first seven Tests in charge, after scoring none in his ten previous Tests. He also scored hundreds in each innings against Bangladesh in Harare in 2013, thus becoming the first from Zimbabwe, and the 12th in all, to achieve this feat. In July 2014, part of ZC's split captaincy plan, he retained the Test leadership while Elton Chigumbura took over the limited-overs games.
His favourite stroke is the full-blooded front-foot cover drive, and though he is not quick in the field, he has a very safe pair of hands.
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