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Mark Taylor (cricketer)

Australian cricketer
Personal information
Full nameMark Anthony Taylor
Born(27.10.1964) 27. October 1964 (age 56)
Leeton, New South Wales, Australia
NicknameTubby, tubs [1]
BeatLeft handed
bowlingRight arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 346)January 26, 1989 against West Indies
Last testJanuary 2, 1999 against England
ODI debut (Cap 107)December 26, 1989 against Sri Lanka
Last ODI24 May 1997 against England
Information on the domestic team
1985–1999New South Wales
Career statistics

Mark Anthony Taylor AO (born October 27, 1964 in Australia) is a former Australian cricketer [1] and currently director of Cricket Australia and commentator for Nine Network.

From 1988 to 1999 he was test opening batsman and from 1994 to 1999 he was the captain and successor of Allan Border. His predominant field position was the first slip. He was widely considered to be instrumental in Australia's rise to test cricket dominance, and its captain was seen as adventurous and highly effective. However, he was considered less than ideal for one-day international cricket and was eventually dropped as a one-day captain after a 3-0 drubbing through England in 1997.

He moved to Wagga Wagga in 1972 and played for the Lake Albert Cricket Club. [2] His debut was for New South Wales in 1985.

He retired from Test Cricket on February 2, 1999. In 104 test matches, he scored 7,525 runs with a batting average of 43.49, including 19 centuries and 40 fifties. He was also an excellent first slip - his 157 catches were a test record at the time (now held by Rahul Dravid). In contrast to his predecessor Allan Border, who was nicknamed "Captain Grumpy", Taylor received praise for his always happy and positive demeanor. His successor, Steve Waugh, continued to refine the Australian team established by Border and Taylor and set numerous records for victories as captain. After being named Australian of the Year in 1999, he is now a cricket commentator for the Nine Network and former director of Cricket Australia. [3]

Early years

The second of three children of bank director Tony Taylor and his wife Judy, Mark Taylor's early years, were spent at Wagga Wagga, where his family moved when he was eight. His father had a sports background and played first class rugby at Newcastle. Young Taylor preferred Australian rules for football and cricket. He learned to hit in the family garage, his father tossed him cork balls. Taylor adored Arthur Morris, the New South Wales opening left-handed batsman who led the aggregates on the 1948 "Invincibles" tour of England. [4]

Taylor played as an opening batsman for his elementary school and made his first century at the age of thirteen for the Lake Albert Club in Bolton Park in Wagga. [4] His family then moved to the north coast of Sydney, where he joined the Northern District in Sydney Grade Cricket. Completed his secondary education at Chatswood High School, [5] he later graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in surveying. [6] Together with the Waugh twins Steve and Mark, Taylor played in U19 youth internationals for Australia against Sri Lanka in 1982/83. [4]

Taylor made his Sheffield Shield debut between 1985 and 1986 when NSW was exhausted from the departure of regular openers Steve Smith and John Dyson on a rebel tour of South Africa. [5] He opened with debut colleague Mark Waugh, scoring 12 and 56 points, not against Tasmania. [5] His first season was highlighted by home and away centuries against South Australia in a total of 937 runs with an average of 49.31. He had a lean 1987-88 season after spending the English summer with Greenmount, [7] to help them win their first Bolton League title by an average of 70 scoring over 1,300 runs.[4] [6]

Originally trained as a surveyor, he received a degree in surveying from the University of New South Wales in 1987. [8]

International career

Test career [edit]

Mark Taylor's career performance chart.

Solid form for NSW from 1988 to 1989 resulted in Taylor being selected for his Test debut in the fourth Test against the West Indies with the SCG [7] and replaced the middle-order batsman Graeme Wood. For three years, the opening combination of Geoff Marsh and David Boon was successful for Australia. [4] Team coach Bob Simpson, however, wanted a combination of left- and right-handed opening and stability for the middle order. Therefore, the left-handed Taylor was partner of the right-handed Marsh, while Boon fought in third place. [4] [9]Taylor's sure catch when slipping was also a factor in his selection. He made 25 and 3 on a winning team, then got knocked out twice on the fifth test. [7] A first-rate total of 1,241 runs (averaging 49.64) for the season earned him a spot on the 1989 Ashes Tour. [4] [6]

Record start [edit]

Starting with a century at Headingley in his first Test against England, Taylor accumulated 839 runs at 83.90 in the six Tests: the second best aggregate in an Ashes series in England after Don Bradman's 974 runs in 1930. He occupied the fold for total 38 hours, more than six full game days. The highlight of his tour was the fifth Test on Trent Bridge when he and Geoff Marsh became the first couple to beat 301 runs during a day of Test cricket in England. Taylor made 219 in a partnership of 329, an Ashes record. He finished the sixth test with 71 and 48 to overtake Neil Harvey for the third highest production power unit in test history and a total of 1,669 top-class runs for the Tour. Australia won the series 4-0 to reclaim the ashes. [4] [6] [10] However, Taylor was overlooked in the selection in the ODIs. [11] [12]

Returning to Australia, Taylor completed 1,403 top-class runs at 70.15 in the 1989/90 season and finished 1989 with 1,219 test runs. This made him the first player to improve a thousand test runs in his first calendar year, [4] only slightly since then voted twice by England opener Alastair Cook and Australian Adam Voges. [ To edit ] In Taylor's first nine Tests, Australia passed 400 in the first innings. He scored centuries in consecutive Tests against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, 52 and 101 at the MCG, 77 and 59 at the Adelaide Oval, and an unbeaten 101 in Sydney. Australia won both series 1–0. In just over twelve months, he had amassed 1,618 runs at 70.35. This stellar start to his career earned Taylor a 1990 nomination for one of the five Wisden cricketers of the year. [6] [10] At the end of the season he demonstrated his leadership skills for the first time. Taylor stepped as NSW captain instead of the injured Geoff Lawson for the Sheffield Shield final in Sydney 1989/90 and scored 127 and 100. NSW won with 345 runs and secured his 40th title. [6] [13]

A year after his Test debut, Taylor was selected for his ODI debut, which took place against Sri Lanka on Boxing Day in 1989. He made 11 when Australia won by 30 runs. [11] [12] He was selected for nine of Australia's ten ODIs for the triangle tournament of the season, scoring 294 runs at 32.66 with two half centuries. Australia achieved its highest score of 76 when it beat Pakistan in 69 runs to win the final series in Sydney. [11] [12] The season ended with ODI tournaments in New Zealand and Sharjah. He played six of the eight games, scoring 222 runs at 37:00 with two half centuries, but was dropped for the final in New Zealand. [11] [12]

Inconsistent form [edit]

Taylor experienced a slump during the 1990-91 Ashes series. After completing two and a half centuries in the first two tests, he failed 20 in the last three tests and finished the race with 213 runs at 11:66 p.m. on a team that won 3-0. [10] [14] He was on the outside for the ODI triangle tournament, missing all eight preliminary round matches before returning to points 41 and 71 when Australia won the final 2-0. [11] [12]

His moderate form continued during the 1991 tour of the West Indies, where he was selected in only two of the five ODIs, scoring three and five points. [11] [12] He finished the run with a rearguard innings of 76 in the second innings of the Fourth Test in Barbados. Despite their best efforts, Australia lost and the West Indies took an unassailable 2-0 lead. In the fifth test, St. Johns, Antigua, Australia scored a consolation victory largely due to Taylor's scores of 59 and 144 (out of a total of 265). That late onslaught of form raised his average for the series to 49. [6] [10] In late 1991, before the Australian season began, Taylor was appointed to tour an Australian senior team in Zimbabwe. The team consisted of younger test players and other young players who wanted to get into international cricket. The selectors tried to nurture Taylor as a possible replacement for Border. [fifteen]

During the 1991/92 Australian season, Taylor fought consistently in a 4-0 win over India. He scored 94 and 35 * in a ten-wicket win in Brisbane. [10] [14] He scored half a century each in the next two Tests before scoring 100 hits in the second innings of the fourth Test in Adelaide. [10] It helped Australia close a first inning deficit of 80 and set a profit target. [16] His inaugural partner Marsh was dropped for the fifth test, so the Selectors elevated Taylor to the team's vice-captain. Over the next twelve months, several players were tried as Taylor's opening partner. [6] [10]Taylor fought in his first game with new partner Wayne N. Phillips, [17] Scoring two and 16 Even so, he had scored 422 runs at 46.89. [10] Taylor continued to be overlooked by voters in the shorter version of the game due to the lack of selections for the entire triangle tournament of the season. He was selected for the 1992 World Cricket Championship squad on home soil. After Australia lost their first two games, Taylor was called off for his first ODI in 12 months. [11] [12] He made 13 when Australia beat India by one run but scored his first ODI duck in the next game when England won by eight wickets. He was dropped for the remainder of the tournament.[11] [12]

On the 1992 Sri Lanka Tour, Taylor struggled with 148 runs at 24.67. After counting 42 and 43 in the Australian win in the first Test, Taylor failed to pass 30 again [10] Struggling with new opening partner Tom Moody also at 11.83 with 71 runs, [ To edit ] Australia often struggle at the top of their innings. [18] He played in all three ODIs and scored 138 runs at 4:00 p.m. His 94 in the first match was his highest score in ODIs up to that point. [11] [12]

Against the West Indies in 1992-1993 Taylor opened alongside David Boon [19], after Moody was dropped. [20] Taylor was ineffective, failing fifty in the first four tests. [10] After Australia failed to win the fourth test and the series with one round, [14] was Taylor dropped for crucial test in Perth, [21] after failing to score double digits in either innings. [10] In his absence, Australia lost by innings within three days and conceded the series 1-2. [6] [10] [14] [22] He had scored 170 runs at 24.29 for the series. [10]However, he played all ten of Australia's ODIs and scored 286 runs at 28.60 with two half centuries. [11] [12]

Taylor and Slater

As a result of the innings defeat in Perth, Taylor was immediately recalled to the New Zealand tour, where he scored 82 points in the first Test in Christchurch to help Australia an innings win. [10] [23] He then scored 50 points in the drawn second test and played for the first time at test level with 0/15. [10] He failed in the third Test 20 and finished the series with 148 runs at 37:00 when the home team squared the series. [10] Australia then played five ODIs in New Zealand before embarking on the England tour with three more. Taylor played in all eight games and scored 307 runs at 38.38 with four half centuries. [11] [12]

The problem of finding him as a long-term partner was solved on the following tour of England. NSW batsman Michael Slater, who also grew up in Wagga Wagga, made his debut in the 1993 Ashes series' first test. [24] In the first test at Old Trafford, Taylor made 124 after an opening partnership of 128 when Australia managed only 289 to be sent in after. [24] Australia managed to scrape out a head start of 79 [25] before moving on to a 179-run win. [14]

This was followed by a score of 260 at Lord's in the second test, with Taylor making 111. [6] In doing so, he passed 1000 test runs against England and the partnership broke the Ashes partnership record at Lord's set by Lord's Bill Woodfull and Don Bradman in 1930. [26] The partnership laid the foundation for Australia's total of 4/632 [26], when the tourists got an innings win. [14]

His score was quieter in the remainder of the Tests when Australia won 4-1, and he finished with 428 runs at 42.80. He passed 30 only once, with 70 in the first innings of the sixth Test at The Oval. [6] [10]

Against New Zealand in 1993-1994, Taylor didn't make 64 and 142 in the first Test in Perth, which ended in a draw. [10] He then scored 27 and 53 when Australia won the next two Tests by innings, a total of 286 runs at 95.33 in three Tests when Australia won 2-0. [10] In the rain-hit Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Taylor played his 50th Test and celebrated the first Test between the two countries since 1970 at 170 against South Africa. [14]