Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Zealand Star Batsman Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor

Full name Ross Taylor
Born March 8, 1984, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Current age 26 years 319 days
Major teams New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory, Central Districts, Central Districts Under-19s, New Zealand Under-19s, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Ross Taylor Profile:

Ross Taylor could be just what New Zealand need in the wake of the mass of departures from their batting line-up: an aggressive top-order batsman capable of taking up the challenge to world-class attacks. He made a flying start to the domestic 2005-06 season, with three centuries, and was soon in his country’s limited-overs side. In only his third match, Taylor hammered a superb 128 against Sri Lanka at Napier and he followed it up with 84 at better than a run a ball in his first ODI outside New Zealand, at Hobart against Australia in January 2007. But in both matches he suffered from cramps and would be keen to eradicate that problem as he strives for more lengthy innings. He scores heavily from the pull and from slog-sweeping the spinners and his free-flowing game has made him a hit with crowds. There was evidence of that during the IPL and Champions League when the Bangalore crowds cheered him as their ‘local’ hero.
Given New Zealand’s lack of Tests it wasn’t until the 2007-08 tour of South Africa that Taylor made his debut and he struggled against the extra bounce. Back at home he was dropped against Bangladesh, but return in style against England with his maiden century, 120, at Hamilton and then followed that with a memorable 154 at Old Trafford, confirming he now carries New Zealand’s batting hopes. A leadership role wasn’t too far away and he was named captain for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in 2010 after Vettori and McCullum opted out.
Fast Facts
* Ross Taylor has captained the New Zealand Under-19 team in youth internationals.
* He holds New Zealand’s record fourth wicket partnership (271) with Jesse Ryder in Tests.
* He is one of eight Kiwi players to have hit more than 50 sixes in ODIs.
* He holds the record for New Zealand’s fifth-fastest Test hundred, the feat coming of just 80 deliveries.
* He is the fastest (non wicketkeeper) to take 50 catches in ODIs for New Zealand, achieving the feet in just 73 games.
* He is only one of four Kiwi players to have taken 4 catches in an ODI.
* He is one of five Kiwis to have affected 130 or more dismissals as a fielder in all formats of the game combined together.
Ross Taylor Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.
Ross Taylor Career
Ross Taylor Test Matches
New Zealand Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Nov 08, 2007
Last played:
New Zealand Vs Pakistan at Basin Reserve, Wellington – Jan 15, 2011
Ross Taylor ODI Matches
New Zealand Vs West Indies at McLean Park, Napier – Mar 01, 2006
Last played:
New Zealand Vs India at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) – Dec 10, 2010
Ross Taylor T20 Matches
New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka at WestpacTrust Stadium,Wellington – Dec 22, 2006
Last played:
New Zealand Vs Pakistan at AMI Stadium, Christchurch – Dec 30, 2010
Ross Taylor IPL20 Matches
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) – Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai – Apr 21, 2010
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