Ross Taylor

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Ross Taylor
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Taylor in 2010
Personal information
Full nameLuteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor
Born (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 35)
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234)8 November 2007 v South Africa
Last Test29 November 2019 v England
ODI debut (cap 144)1 March 2006 v West Indies
Last ODI14 July 2019 v England
ODI shirt no.3
T20I debut (cap 22)22 December 2006 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I10 November 2019 v England
Domestic team information
2002/03–presentCentral Districts
2008–2010Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011Rajasthan Royals
2012; 2014Delhi Daredevils
2013Pune Warriors India
2013–2014Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
2015St Lucia Zouks
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 96 228 95 172
Runs scored 7,022 8,376 1,743 11,529
Batting average 47.12 47.86 25.63 43.34
100s/50s 19/32 20/50 0/5 27/61
Top score 290 181* 63 290
Balls bowled 96 42 684
Wickets 2 0 6
Bowling average 24.00 63.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/4 2/4
Catches/stumpings 142/– 137/– 44/– 218/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 December 2019

Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor (born 8 March 1984) is a New Zealand cricketer, who plays predominantly at number four in all formats of the game. Taylor set New Zealand's highest One Day International (ODI) score in February 2017[1] and in January 2019 scored his 20th century in ODIs, and became the first New Zealand player to reach 20 centuries in any format of the game.[2]He is considered by many to be one of the greatest batsmen to have represented New Zealand.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor is of part-Samoan descent, his mother being from Samoa and his father from New Zealand. Taylor was educated at Wairarapa College and Palmerston North Boys High School[3] and was a hockey player before shifting his focus to cricket.[4] Taylor married his wife Victoria on 25 June 2011. They have three children.[5]

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.[citation needed]

Domestic career[edit]

Taylor 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.

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[6] against the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009. He was bumper hit in Royal Challengers Bangalore, he was loved for his powerful leg side shots. He had won many hearts of Royal Challengers Bangalore fans while playing for them.

In the 2011 auction, Taylor was sold to the Rajasthan Royals.

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.[7]

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 also played 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 Royal Challengers (RCB) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to seal an improbable victory for his team in 2009.

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 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.[8]

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. In 2016 and 2017, he played for Sussex and Nottinghamshire in 2018.

He has joined Middlesex for the 2019 Royal London One-day Cup competition.

International career[edit]

Early days[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. He scored only 15 runs in the match, where New Zealand finally won the match by 91 runs.[9]

Taylor is a clean striker of the ball particularly any ball through leg side, 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. The innings included 12 fours and 6 sixes. Unluckily for him, New Zealand were comprehensively beaten in that game, by a blistering knock by Sanath Jayasuriya. He also suffered dehydration and required a short hospital trip during the second innings.[10] Taylor hit 84 against Australia in their opening game in the 2006–07 Commonwealth Bank Series, but lost the match at the end.[11] 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. However, they were also involved in 12 run outs across all forms of international cricket as of 26 January 2015 when they are both at the crease.[12]

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 at that time.[13] He scored his maiden Test century 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.[14]

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.[15] His third Test century, an innings of 151 runs off 204 balls, came against India at Napier in March 2009.[16] His fourth Test century, in the next Test, was a 107 which delayed India's victory long enough to force a draw.[17]


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.[18] 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 in RCB of IPL

Taylor has served as the national captain for all formats.[19]

2011 World Cup[edit]

He made his then 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) sixes and eight (8) fours 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.[20] With this century, Taylor became only the fourth batsman in history of the game that scored an ODI century in a birthday,[21] after Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sanath Jayasuriya.[22][23]

Late captaincy[edit]

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.[24]

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 unbeaten 217 in a composed and classy innings.[25]

Taylor's 12th ODI century against Pakistan at Dubai coincides with the 100th century for the Black Caps.[26]

For his performances in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, he won the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal.[27]

For his performances in 2014, he was named as 12th man in the World Test XI by ICC.[28]

Australia 2015[edit]

For his performances in 2015, he was named in the World ODI XI by ICC.[29] He was also named in the Test XI of the year 2015 by Cricbuzz.[30]

The best Test innings of his life came during the second test of Trans-Tasman Trophy in 2015–16 season in Australia. He scored his second 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).[31] 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.[32] Taylor was dismissed for 290 runs with 43 fours.

In December 2016, after the Test against Pakistan at Hamilton, Taylor underwent surgery to remove a pterygium on his left eye. He was out of action for several weeks, thus missing the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series in Australia.[33]

South Africa 2017[edit]

Taylor scored his 17th ODI century during the second ODI against South Africa at Hagley Oval. With this, he became the highest ODI century maker for New Zealand, beating 16 ODI centuries by Nathan Astle. In this match, Taylor also became New Zealand's quickest batsman to reach 6000 runs in ODI as well.[34] New Zealand finally won the match by 6 runs.[35] Ross Taylor also became only the sixth player in ODI history to score centuries against all test playing nations and first from New Zealand.[36]

England 2018[edit]

Taylor scored a century in first ODI against England in a man of the match performance for his team and became the third New Zealander to score 7000 ODI runs. In the 4th ODI, he probably played the best innings of his career as he made an unbeatable 181 off 147 balls in a successful run chase of 336 runs. His 181* is the 2nd highest ODI score for a no.4 batsman as well 4th highest score for an individual while chasing. In that match, he also passed Nathan Astle to become New Zealand's second top scorer in ODIs. Although, New Zealand lost the series, he was the top run getter with 304 runs in that 5-match series.[citiation needed]

For his performances in 2018, he was named in the World ODI XI by ICC and Cricinfo.[37][38]

2019 World Cup[edit]

In April 2019, he was named in New Zealand's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[39][40] On 5 June 2019, in New Zealand's match against Bangladesh, Taylor played in his 400th international match for New Zealand in which he scored a match-winning 82 in order to become the 1st player with 1000+ runs in BAN-NZ ODI matches. He also became the 2nd batsman to score 8000 ODI runs for New Zealand, after Stephen Fleming, as well as outscoring him in the same match to become New Zealand's top scorer in ODIs.[41] He followed it with 48 off 52 against Afghanistan in another successful run-chase. In the game against West Indies, he provided stability scoring 69 after his team had lost both of the openers in the first over itself. He scored runs of 30 and 28 in losses against Australia and England, respectively. In the tournament's first semi-final, he top scored for New Zealand with 74 runs as they reached the World Cup final for second consecutive time. He could only make 15 runs, before being wrongly given LBW off Mark Wood's bowling, in the final as New Zealand lost it on boundary count.

International centuries[edit]

Taylor has scored 39 centuries in international cricket. He has scored 19 centuries in Test cricket and 20 centuries in ODIs.


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