Full Name

Mark Anthony Taylor


October 27, 1964, Leeton, New South Wales


59y 172d

Also Known As


Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium

Playing Role

Opening Batter



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.
Greg Baum

Mark Taylor Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A1781752546310531.57--147--980


List A178-1870---2.33-000
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Allan Border and Mark Taylor tell stories at the state memorial for Shane Warne
Mark Taylor talks with Tim Paine
Mark Taylor and Michael Kasprowicz listen to tough findings for Cricket Australia
Mark Nicholas, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor talk on television
Mark Taylor puts the captain's blazer on Steven Smith
Mark Taylor and Michael Clarke take a look at the pitch