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Ross Taylor

New Zealand|Middle order Batter
Ross Taylor
INTL CAREER: 2006 - 2022
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Full Name

Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor

Born

March 08, 1984, Lower Hutt, Wellington

Age

38y 162d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

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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

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test11219624768329044.661295759.291935932551630
ODI236220398607181*47.551033083.3221517131471420
T20I102942119096326.151560122.370712171460
FC192323271236929041.7827652490
List A3122964611356181*45.4226741920
T20292275676429111*30.904896131.311324363091210
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1128994832/42/416.002.9033.0000
ODI236442350---5.00-000
T20I102------------
FC19268737872/42/454.003.3098.1000
List A31231824231/131/1380.664.56106.0000
T202921518628083/283/2835.009.0323.2000
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Tom Latham pats Ross Taylor on the back after the latter's final international innings ended
Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar shakes hands with Ross Taylor ahead of his final international innings
The Netherlands players give Ross Taylor a guard of honour in his final international match
Ross Taylor smashed a 49-ball century
Ross Taylor and his special entourage patrol the field one last time
Ross Taylor is all smiles as New Zealand prepare to head out for what would be his final session in Test cricket