Ross Taylor

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Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor - october 2009.jpg
Taylor playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor
Born (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 30)
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Nickname Rosco, Pallekele Plunderer
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234) 8 November 2007 v South Africa
Last Test 09 February 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 144) 1 March 2006 v West Indies
Last ODI 31 January 2014 v India
ODI shirt no. 3
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–present Central Districts
2008–2010 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2009–2010 Victoria
2010 Durham
2011 Rajasthan Royals
2012,2014-Present Delhi Daredevils
2013 Pune Warriors India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 54 137 108 184
Runs scored 4,179 4,323 7,392 6,116
Batting average 45.92 40.03 42.72 40.50
100s/50s 11/21 10/26 17/40 14/39
Top score 217* 131* 217* 132*
Balls bowled 96 42 666 318
Wickets 2 0 6 3
Bowling average 24.00 60.66 80.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/4 2/4 1/13
Catches/stumpings 90/– 91/– 143/– 120/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 09 February 2014

Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor (born 8 March 1984), more commonly known as Ross Taylor, is a New Zealand cricketer and former national captain.[1] He previously captained the New Zealand Under-19 side in youth internationals. Taylor has a highest List A score of 132* in the State Shield domestic one-day competition in 2003–04, and a first class best of 217 in the State Championship in 2007–08. He currently plays with IPL team Delhi Dare Devils.

He will also be an international franchise player for the 2013 Caribbean Premier League alongside Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist [2]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is of Samoan descent, his mother being from Samoa and his father from New Zealand. Taylor and New Zealand women's cricketer Victoria Jayne Brown were married on 25 June 2011. They have a daughter named Mackenzie, who was born on 24 September 2011 and a son named Jonty who was born on 16 February 2014.

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the New Zealand team in international cricket on 1 March 2006, in a one-day match against the West Indies. He became the second male player of Samoan heritage to play for New Zealand after Murphy Su'a.[3] Taylor's full name is Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor; however, some sources have inaccurately recorded his name as Ross Luteru Taylor. This is because Taylor grew up answering to both Luteru and Ross when playing cricket, and did not realise he needed to write down his full name for the official New Zealand Cricket records when he was asked to fill in a questionnaire at a first-class match early in his career.

Taylor captained New Zealand for the first time in an ODI against Australia in Napier on 3 March 2010, when Daniel Vettori dropped out of the side less than 30 minutes before the start with a neck ache. Taylor top-scored with 70 and New Zealand won by two wickets with four balls to spare. Taylor was also awarded the Man of the Match and donated the $NZ 500 prize to the Landsdowne Cricket Club in Masterton.

Taylor has been a dominant batsman on the domestic scene for the past couple of seasons. He is a clean striker of the ball, and a useful off-break bowler. Taylor scored his maiden one day century in front of a delighted crowd in Napier, playing against Sri Lanka on 28 December 2006. Unluckily for him, New Zealand were comprehensively beaten in that game, his innings aside. He also suffered dehydration and required a short hospital trip during the second innings. Taylor hit 84 against Australia in their opening game in the 2007 Commonwealth Bank series.

Taylor has also played English cricket for Norwich and Coltishall Wanderers in Norfolk. He was their key player and he was consistent in scoring runs.

Domestic career[edit]

Taylor was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2008 Indian Premier League auction. An innings of note was a destructive 81* off 33 balls[4] against the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009.

In the 2011 auction, Taylor was sold to the Rajasthan Royals. Mainly used as a finisher for the Royals, he was underused yet effective.

He departed the Rajasthan Royals to join the Delhi Daredevils for the season of 2012.

He was traded from Delhi Daredevils where he played a season to Pune Warriors India for Ashish Nehra in 2013.[5]

His domestic team in New Zealand is the Central Stags, in 2009/10 he played for the Victorian Bushrangers in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash as one of two overseas players (the other being Dwayne Bravo from the West Indies). In the 2009-10 HRV Cup Final against the Auckland Aces, Taylor scored a match-winning 80 off 30 balls, and in a partnership with Kieran Noema-Barnett they scored 133 runs from 53 balls bowled. Taylor also hit Michael Bates for 27 in one over, including three consecutive sixes. In total Taylor hit eight sixes and five fours for the Stags. In 2010 he played for Durham in the Friends Provident T20 tournament, his most substantial contribution being a brutal 80 not out from only 33 balls including 3 fours and 9 sixes.

Achievements[edit]

Taylor's first ODI century came against Sri Lanka on 28 December 2006, scoring 128* off 133 balls. The innings included 12 fours and 6 sixes. Taylor scored his second century in his ODI career on 18 February 2007 against Australia. He scored 117, the 2nd highest score by a New Zealander against Australia.

He made his highest ODI score of 131* which came off 124 balls against Pakistan on 8 March 2011 at the ICC Cricket World Cup. His innings included seven (7) 6's and eight (8) 4's and contributed to New Zealand making 127 runs in the final 9 overs of the game for their highest total ever against Pakistan (302) in ODI cricket. It is from this match that Taylor earned his nickname 'The Pallekele Plunderer' after he blasted a staggering 55 runs from the last 13 deliveries he faced.[6]

He scored his maiden Test century, a patient and restrained 120, in March 2008 at Hamilton in the first Test of the 2007–08 series against England and went on to be the leading run scorer for the series.

Aside from national duties for the New Zealand team, Taylor also plays for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for his domestic team, the Central Districts Stags. Taylor scored a match winning innings of 81 from just 33 balls for Bangalore against Kolkata to seal an improbable victory for his team in 2009.

Known for his explosive style, combining flair and aggression with proper, elegant strokes, Taylor has been a match-winner in many of the RCB's wins. He has one of the highest strike-rates as an RCB batsman and known to be a 'finisher'. After RCB's win over Delhi Daredevils at Airtel Champions League Twenty20 2009, captain Anil Kumble said that Taylor was a "murderer" of spinners, referring to his explosive innings of 65. In 38 balls, Taylor had scored six 4s and four 6s, and was declared Man of the Match.[7]

Ross Taylor scored what was then a Test match career-best of 154* against England at Old Trafford in May 2008, a brilliant innings including 5 sixes and 17 fours.

His third Test century, an aggressive and chancy innings of 151 runs off 204 balls, came against India at Napier in March 2009. His fourth Test century, in the next Test, was a serene 107 which delayed India's victory long enough to force a draw.

In a match against Australia at Hamilton in March 2010, Taylor made the fastest Test century ever by a New Zealander, bringing up his hundred off only 81 balls [8]

Taylor scored centuries in all three tests in the 2013/14 series against the West Indies. In the first Test, Taylor made his first Test match double-century and highest test score of 217* in a composed and classy innings.[9]

Test centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Ross Taylor.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test Centuries of Ross Taylor
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 120 3  England Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2008
2 154* 7  England Manchester, England Old Trafford 2008
3 151 16  India Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2009
4 107 17  India Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2009
5 138 24  Australia Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2010
6 122* 34  Zimbabwe Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2012
7 113 41  India Bangalore, India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 2012
8 142 43  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 2012
9 217* 51  West Indies Dunedin, New Zealand University Oval 2013
10 129 52  West Indies Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2013
11 131 53  West Indies Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2013

ODI centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the ODI centuries scored by Ross Taylor.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
ODI Centuries of Ross Taylor
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 128* 3  Sri Lanka Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2006
2 117 17  Australia Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 2007
3 103 48  Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Chittagong Divisional Stadium 2008
4 131* 99  Pakistan Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2011
5 119 110  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2011
6 110 111  West Indies St. Kitts, West Indies Warner Park Sporting Complex 2012
7 100 118  England Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2013
8 107* 128  Bangladesh Fatullah, Bangladesh Narayanganj Osmani Stadium 2013
9 112* 136  India Hamilton ,New Zealand Seddon Park 2014
10 102 137  India Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan Johnstone (2012-12-07). "Black Caps | Ross Taylor sacked as Black Caps captain...". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  2. ^ "West Indies Cricket News: Ross Taylor signs for Caribbean Premier League". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "41st match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders at Centurion, May 12, 2009 Scorecard". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  5. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/sports/ipl/delhi-daredevils-trade-ross-taylor-for-punes-ashish-nehra-623000.html
  6. ^ Sheringham, Sam. "Cricket World Cup: Ross Taylor blitz sets up NZ victory". BBC News. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  7. ^ RCB vs. DD match scorecard. "RCB vs. DD CLT20 Scorecard", Retrieved on 1 December 2009.
  8. ^ NZ v AUS Match Report. "The Age", Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  9. ^ NZ v WI Scorecard "ESPN Cricinfo ", Retrieved on 8 December 2013.

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