Bruce Taylor (cricketer)

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Bruce Taylor
Personal information
Full name Bruce Richard Taylor
Born 12 July 1943 (1943-07-12) (age 73)
Timaru, New Zealand
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 108) 5 March 1965 v India
Last Test 5 July 1973 v England
ODI debut (cap 14) 18 July 1973 v England
Last ODI 20 July 1973 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 30 2 141 14
Runs scored 898 22 4,579 272
Batting average 20.40 22.00 24.75 24.72
100s/50s 2/2 0/0 4/17 0/1
Top score 124 22 173 59*
Balls bowled 6334 114 21,562 410
Wickets 111 4 422 16
Bowling average 26.60 15.50 25.13 25.62
5 wickets in innings 4 0 15 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 0
Best bowling 7/74 3/25 7/74 4/38
Catches/stumpings 10/- 1/- 66/- 7/-
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017

Bruce Richard Taylor (born 12 July 1943 in Timaru) is a former New Zealand Test and ODI cricketer who played 30 Tests and 2 ODIs during 8 years. He scored 105 and took 5-86 for New Zealand on Test debut against India at Calcutta in 1964-65,[1] becoming the first man to have completed this all-round feat on debut.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

Taylor, who had never scored a first-class century before, and had played only three first-class matches, came in at No. 8 and slammed 105 in 158 minutes with 14 fours and three sixes and helped Bert Sutcliffe (151 not out) add 163 for the seventh wicket.

His highest first-class score came in 1972-73, when he hit 173 against Otago at Dunedin, after coming in to bat with the score on 42 for 4. He played his last Test on the tour to England in 1973, and his last first-class match in 1979-80.

International career[edit]

He also scored New Zealand's fastest Test century in 1969, a record that stood until Daniel Vettori broke it in 2005. In the First Test against the West Indies at Auckland, Taylor came in with the score at 152 for 6 and hit 14 fours and five sixes. His 50 came up in 30 minutes, and his century in 86 minutes. He finished on 124. This second Test century was, remarkably, also his second first-class century.[3]

His outstanding series was in the West Indies in 1971-72. In a batsman's series, in which all five Tests were drawn, and no other bowler took more than 14 wickets, Taylor took 27 wickets at 17.70 in four Tests. His best Test figures came in the Third Test in Bridgetown, when he took 7 for 74 to dismiss the West Indies for 133 before tea on the first day, bowling, Wisden said, "quite superbly".[4] Of his overall performance in the series, Wisden said, "Tight control allied to a high action enabled him to extract any bounce going and there was no greater trier in the entire New Zealand party."[5]

After cricket[edit]

Since finishing as an active player he has served as a selector for the Wellington, Otago and national teams.

In early 1993 he resigned his job as bursar from John McGlashan College in Dunedin following allegations of financial irregularities. In the grip of a gambling addiction, he had stolen $360,000 from the school.[6]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Bruce Taylor
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
[1] 105 1  India India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 1965 Drawn
[2] 124 13  West Indies New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1969 Lost

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/86 1  India Eden Gardens Kolkata India 1965
2 5/26 2  India Brabourne Stadium Mumbai India 1965
3 7/74 22  West Indies Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 1972
4 5/41 24  West Indies Queen's Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad 1972

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2nd Test: India v New Zealand at Kolkata, Mar 5-8, 1965". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. ^ "An Australian menace". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Wisden 1970, p. 907.
  4. ^ Wisden 1973, p.892.
  5. ^ Henry Blofeld, "New Zealand in the West Indies, 1971-72", Wisden 1973, p.880.
  6. ^ Grant, David (1994). On a roll: a history of gambling and lotteries in New Zealand. Victoria University Press. p. 299. ISBN 978-0864732668. 

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