Herbie Taylor      

Full name Herbert Wilfred Taylor

Born May 5, 1889, Durban, Natal

Died February 8, 1973, Newlands, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 83 years 279 days)

Major teams South Africa, Marylebone Cricket Club, Natal, Transvaal, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Relation Father - D Taylor, Brother - D Taylor

Herbert Wilfred Taylor
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 42 76 4 2936 176 40.77 7 17 7 19 0
First-class 206 339 26 13105 250* 41.86 30 64 75 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 42 11 342 156 5 3/15 4/53 31.20 2.73 68.4 0 0 0
First-class 206 1185 560 22 4/36 25.45 2.83 53.8 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Manchester, May 27-28, 1912 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v South Africa at Christchurch, Feb 27-Mar 1, 1932 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1909/10 - 1935/36

Herbert Wilfred Taylor, who died at Cape Town on February 8, aged 83, was a great batsman on the matting pitches of South Africa, and a very fine one on those of England and Australia. He played over a span of twenty years for his country, beginning with the Triangular Tournament of 1912 and bowing out with the tour to Australia of H. B. Cameron's team of 1931-32 when he was rising 43. He took part in ten series in all, leading South Africa in four of them, and in 42 Test matches made 2936 runs with an average of 4077. In terms of length and distinction of performance it could be said that no-one ever served South Africa better. Herby Taylor made seven hundreds in Test cricket, six of them on matting pitches, and it was on the mat that he first established himself, in 1913-14, as the youthful captain of a South African side that was considerably out-gunned by the full strength of England at a vintage time. The confrontation between Sydney Barnes, who took the record bag for any rubber anywhere of 49 wickets, and Taylor, who averaged 50 in his ten Test innings against him, is always remembered as one of the classics of history. 'The English cricketers were unanimous that finer batting than his against Barnes at his best they never hoped to see,' says H. S. Altham, while Ian Peebles, who as a young man played two rubbers against him in South Africa, wrote of him in The World of Cricket that he was `the ideal model for all aspiring batsmen'. Perhaps his most extraordinary triumph was at Durban on that 1913-14 tour in the only game in which MCC were beaten. Natal made 153 and 216, and Taylor, keeping Barnes's bowling to himself as much as he could, contributed 91 and 100. The basis of his play was the straightest of straight bats, nimble footwork, and an almost unfailing judgment of length. His method was so sound that he remained a beautiful player when nearer fifty than forty, and it was in this autumn of his career that I met him and played a little with him. He was an inexhaustible cricket talker, and despite his own playing orthodoxy propounded unusual theories. One recalls him holding genial court under the oaks at Newlands, and at Lord's during frequent visits to England. He was a man of much charm and that modesty regarding his own achievements which is so often a virtue of the great. Growing up in the aftermath of the Boer War, he belonged to a generation devotedly loyal to England, and won the Military Cross in the war of 1914-18.
EW Swanton, The Cricketer

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Jun 14, 1924

Herbie Taylor and Arthur Gilligan toss ahead of the 1930 Birmingham Test, England v South Africa, Edgbaston, June 14, 1924

Herbie Taylor and Arthur Gilligan toss ahead of the 1930 Birmingham Test

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May 3, 1924

Herbie Taylor returns after a pitch inspection, Leicestershire v South Africans, Leicester, May 3, 1924

Herbie Taylor returns after a pitch inspection

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1925