Ross Taylor Biography
Ross Taylor is a New Zealand cricketer, born on 8th March 1984 in Lower Hutt, Wellington. Taylor is a right-handed middle order batsman and bowls occasional right-arm offbreak.
Ross Taylor holds the record of having the most number of centuries scored by a New Zealander.
Ross Taylor captained the New Zealand U19 team during his youth international days. He made his debut for state side Central Districts in the 2002-03 season.
He made a fantastic start to the 2005-06 season with three tons and was soon making his international debut as a culmination to that form.
Taylor made his ODI debut against West Indies at Napier in 2006 where he managed only 15 runs. He scored 128* in his third game against Sri Lanka but remained largely inconsistent during the early days of his career.
He made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka later in 2006 and scored 21. A year later, Taylor was picked to represent his country in Test matches against South Africa at Johannesburg. He managed 15 in the second innings after not getting to bat in the first innings.
Rise to Glory
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup is regarded as the turning point in Ross Taylor’s career. He scored 324 runs in the tournament and formed the backbone of the Kiwi batting line up. He scored 131* against Pakistan at Pallekele where he steered his team from 175/5 to 302/7.
In 2013, Ross Taylor scored 217* in a test against West Indies at Dunedin. It was his first double hundred and he shared an important 195-run partnership with Brendon McCullum.
The most important knock of Taylor’s career is undoubtedly the 290 he scored against Australia at Perth in 2015. Chasing Australia’s mammoth first innings score of 559/9, Ross came to the crease at 87/2 and put together a 265-run partnership with Kane Williamson to salvage a lead in the match.
After Ross Taylor’s performance in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he was expected to play a big role in the next World Cup co-hosted by New Zealand. He scored only 221 runs in 9 matches at an average of 31.57 as New Zealand reached the final. He scored 40 in the final, departing with the score at 150/4.
Taylor has represented a number of franchises in different countries throughout his career. He has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India, Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
He played for the Victorian Bushrangers in the 2009-10 KFC T20 Big Bash. In the 2009-10 HRV Cup Final, he scored 80 off 30 balls as his side Central Stags went onto win the tournament.
Taylor has also appeared for Durham and Sussex in the English county.
Taylor captained his country for the first time against Australia at Napier in 2010 when Daniel Vettori had to pull out. He top-scored with 70 as New Zealand won the game.
He was appointed as captain on a permanent role for the tri series in Sri Lanka after both Vettori and McCullum opted out. He led his country for two years before it was brought to an end by a strenuous relationship with new coach Mike Hesson.
Taylor's Record in Numbers
Ross Taylor is the first New Zealander to have centuries against all Test playing nations in ODIs and the sixth overall.
He is only the fourth batsman in the history of the game to have scored a century on his birthday.
Ross also holds the record for scoring the most number of centuries in Tests for New Zealand jointly with Martin Crowe and Kane Williamson.