Full name Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor
Born March 8, 1984, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Current age 36 years 322 days
Major teams New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory, Central Districts, Central Districts Under-19s, Delhi Daredevils, Durham, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, Middlesex, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s, Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia Zouks, Sussex, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Victoria
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Nov 8-11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Jan 3-6, 2021 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Napier, Mar 1, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Mar 13, 2020 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Dec 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui, Nov 29, 2020 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Jan 3-6, 2021 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Mar 13, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Central Districts v Canterbury at Napier, Jan 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Auckland v Central Districts at Auckland, Jan 23, 2021 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2||Central D||v Auckland||Auckland||23 Jan 2021||T20|
|48*||Central D||v Otago||New Plymouth||18 Jan 2021||T20|
|10||Central D||v Canterbury||Christchurch||10 Jan 2021||T20|
|12||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Christchurch||3 Jan 2021||Test # 2400|
|70, 12*||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Mount Maunganui||26 Dec 2020||Test # 2397|
|9||New Zealand||v West Indies||Wellington||11 Dec 2020||Test # 2395|
|38||New Zealand||v West Indies||Hamilton||3 Dec 2020||Test # 2394|
|0*||New Zealand||v West Indies||Mount Maunganui||29 Nov 2020||T20I # 1110|
|0||New Zealand||v West Indies||Auckland||27 Nov 2020||T20I # 1108|
|45, 32||Central D||v Northern Dis||Nelson||14 Nov 2020||FC|
Ross Taylor has been a fulcrum of New Zealand's batting across formats for more than 10 years, a period that has brought consistent Test success, especially on home soil, and the appearance in consecutive World Cup finals. In the mid-2000s, he was just what New Zealand need in the wake of the mass of departures from their batting line-up: an aggressive top-order batsman capable of taking up the challenge to world-class attacks. In only his third ODI, Taylor hammered a superb 128 against Sri Lanka at Napier in 2006 and he followed it up with 84 at better than a run a ball in his first ODI outside New Zealand, at Hobart against Australia in January 2007. He scores heavily from the pull and from slog-sweeping the spinners (and sometimes the quicks).
Given New Zealand's lack of Tests it wasn't until the 2007-08 tour of South Africa that Taylor made his debut and he struggled against the extra bounce. Back at home he was dropped against Bangladesh, but returned in style against England with his maiden century, 120, at Hamilton and then followed that with a memorable 154 at Old Trafford. A leadership role wasn't too far away and he was named captain for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2010 after Vettori and McCullum opted out.
However, Taylor's two-year captaincy stint ended in controversy when it emerged that he and Mike Hesson, the coach who took over from John Wright, didn't have a comfortable relationship. During Taylor's 13-Test captaincy stint New Zealand notched up rare wins in Australia and Sri Lanka, but immediately after the Sri Lanka tour he stepped down in controversial circumstances, as Brendon McCullum was named captain in all formats. After deciding not to tour South Africa, he returned for New Zealand's home series against England, admitting that his relationship with Hesson was still a "work in progress".
While taking time accept the decision, Taylor quickly reasserted his importance to the middle order and produced a prolific run of form in 2013 with 495 runs in five innings in a three-match Test series against West Indies. In one-day cricket he formed what McCullum would often call 'the best three-four punch in world cricket' alongside Williamson as New Zealand built towards the home World Cup of 2015. A year before the tournament he scored three ODI hundreds in three innings against India and Pakistan. He was consistent rather than prolific at the World Cup, but afterwards scored three hundreds in five innings against England and Zimbabwe.
Back in Test cricket, a career-best 290 came against Australia at the WACA in late 2015 and in 2019 added a third double century to his tally with 200 against Bangladesh.
Although the body started to cause some issues, he remain key to the one-day side as they began the next four-year cycle when Williamson took over the captaincy from McCullum. One of his finest innings came against England, in Dunedin, in 2018 when he was batting on one leg due to injury and scored an unbeaten 181 to a big chase. At the 2019 World Cup he was key to New Zealand's impressive semi-final victory over India with a fine half-century in tricky conditions.
Brydon Coverdale and ESPNcricinfo staff
New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 2009