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 31)
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Nickname Pallekele Plunderer, The Kiwi Bradman, Rosco
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Top-order Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234) 8 November 2007 v South Africa
Last Test 29 November 2015 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 144) 1 March 2006 v West Indies
Last ODI 17June 2015 v England
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 Delhi Daredevils
2013 Pune Warriors India
2016–present Sussex
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 66 166 123 214
Runs scored 5121 5,621 8,425 7,486
Batting average 46.98 43.91 42.98 43.52
100s/50s 13/24 15/31 19/43 19/45
Top score 290 131* 290 132*
Balls bowled 96 42 684 318
Wickets 2 0 6 3
Bowling average 24.00 63.00 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 108/– 106/– 163/– 136/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 17 November 2015

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 290 against Australia in the 2015–16 Trans-Tasman Trophy Test series. He has at times been considered one of the best batsmen of the 21st century with only a lack of consistency preventing him from further cementing his name amongst the current legends of the game. He is arguably one of New Zealand's greatest cricketers in the 21st century. He currently plays for cricket franchise Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is of part-Samoan descent, his mother being from Samoa and his father from New Zealand. Taylor was a hockey player before shifting his focus to cricket. 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.[2] 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 Lansdowne 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. He has also established one of the most potent no.3-no.4 top order partnership with Kane Williamson since the latter made his debut.[3] However, they were also involved in 12 run outs across all forms of international cricket as of 26 January 2015 when they are both on the crease.[4]

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[5] 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.[6]

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.


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.[7] With this century, Taylor became only the fourth batsman in history of the game that scored an ODI century in a birthday, after Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sanath Jayasuriya.[8]

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.[9]

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 [10]

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.[11]

Taylor's 12th ODI century against Pakistan at Napier coincides with the 100th century for the Black Caps. Kane Williamson also scored his century before, making his the 99th century for the team.[12]

The best innings of his life came during the second test of Trans-Tasman Trophy in 2015-16 season in Australia. He scored his first double hundred and became the highest score by a New Zealand batsman in away Tests and in Australian soil as well. With this feat, he also became the first Kiwi batsman to score a Test double-hundred against Australia and the 2nd fastest among his countrymen to reach 5,000 Test career runs (in 120 innings).[13] During the inning, his partnership with Kane Williamson of 265-run for the third wicket, which was New Zealand's highest of all time against Australia for any wicket.[14] Taylor dismissed for magnificent 290 runs with 43 fours, just short ten runs for triple hundred club.

International centuries[edit]

Ross Taylor has scored 28 centuries in both Test and ODI matches, without in T20 internationals. He has scored 13 Test hundreds and 15 ODI centuries. Taylor is second only to Nathan Astle for most number of ODI centuries by a Blackcap.

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Man of the match awards[edit]

S No Series Season Series Performance Result
1 New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012/13 1st innings: 142 (306 balls: 11×4); DNB, 1 catch
2nd innings: 74 (95 balls: 2×4); DNB
 New Zealand won by 167 runs.[15]
2 West Indies in New Zealand 2013/14 1st innings: 217* (319 balls: 23×4); DNB, 2 catches
2nd innings: DNB, 2 catches; 16* (61 balls: 2×4)
3 West Indies in New Zealand 2013/14 1st innings: DNB; 131 (264 balls: 16×4, 2x6)
2nd innings: DNB, 1 catch; 2* (8 balls)
 New Zealand won by 8 wickets.[17]
4 New Zealand vs Pakistan in UAE 2014/15 1st innings: 23 (71 balls: 3×4); DNB, 2 catches
2nd innings: 104 (133 balls: 12×4); DNB, 1 catch
5 Trans-Tasman Trophy 2015/16 1st innings: 290 (374 balls: 43×4); DNB
2nd innings: 36* (35 balls: 5×4); DNB; 1 catch

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia Eden Park, Auckland 18 February 2007 DNB, 1 catch; 117 (127 balls: 16×4, 1x6)  New Zealand won by 5 wickets.[20]
2 Kenya Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia 20 March 2007 85 (107 balls: 8×4, 1x6); DNB  New Zealand won by 148 runs.[21]
3 Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong 14 October 2008 103 (119 balls: 5×4, 4x6); DNB  New Zealand won by 79 runs.[22]
4 Bangladesh University Oval, Dunedin 8 February 2010 DNB; 78 (52 balls: 6×4, 5x6)  New Zealand won by 5 wickets.[23]
5 Australia McLean Park, Napier 3 March 2010 DNB; 70 (71 balls: 6×4, 1x6)  New Zealand won by 2 wickets.[24]
6 India Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla 10 August 2010 95 (113 balls: 8×4, 1x6); DNB, 4 catches  New Zealand won by 200 runs.[25]
7 Pakistan Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy 8 March 2011 131* (124 balls: 8×4, 7x6); DNB, 1 catch  New Zealand won by 110 runs.[26]
8 India Seddon Park, Hamilton 28 January 2014 DNB; 112* (127 balls: 15×4)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[27]
9 India Westpac Stadium, Wellington 31 January 2014 102 (106 balls: 10×4, 1x6); DNB, 1 catch  New Zealand won by 87 runs.[28]
10 England Kennington Oval, London 12 June 2015 119* (96 balls: 10×4, 4x6); DNB, 1 catch  New Zealand won by 13 runs (D/L).[29]


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