Brendan Taylor

Zimbabwe
Age
February 6, 1986 (35 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Harare
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Zimbabwe
Bowling Style
Off break

Thirty-four-year-old Brendan Taylor has established himself as a prolific batsman for Zimbabwe in all three international formats of cricket. While he mainly keeps wickets in Tests, he has also bowled in ODIs and T20Is. With 16 years of experience behind him, Taylor surely has many more years to contribute to Zimbabwe cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
35
40
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Zimbabwe, Mashonaland A, Mashonaland Eagles, Mashonaland, Mid West Rhinos, Nottinghamshire, Northerns (Zim), Wellington, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Inv XI, Zimbabwe Under-19, Chattogram Challengers, Zimbabwe XI, Uthura Rudras, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Barisal Bulls, Lahore Qalandars, Khulna Tigers, Stellenbosch Kings, Boost Defenders, Maratha Arabians, Rangers

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
191
190
15
6229
145*
35.59
8188
76.07
10
40
544
100
T20I
43
43
5
874
75*
23
737
118.59
0
5
87
23
Test
32
64
5
2099
171
35.58
3891
53.95
6
12
222
20
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
191
21
396
406
9
3/54
6.15
45.11
44
0
0
0
T20I
43
2
30
17
1
1/16
3.4
17
30
0
0
0
Test
32
4
42
38
0
-
5.43
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

Brendan played his first Test match against Sri Lanka at Harare in May 2004. It was not a particularly brilliant start to his career, though, as he contributed just 19 and 4 in the two innings of the match that Sri Lanka won by an innings. He registered his first Test fifty in the very next match at Bulawayo against the same opposing side, making 5 and 61 in yet another innings defeat. However, it was not until August 2011 that Taylor got his first three-figure knock in Tests in a match against Bangladesh played at Harare. Fortunately for Taylor, he was named Man of the Match after leading Zimbabwe to a historic victory. Batting first, Zimbabwe scored 370 on the back of a score of 71 achieved by Brendan. Bangladesh replied with 287. Zimbabwe made 291/5 in the second outing before declaring the innings, with Taylor contributing an unbeaten 105. In reply, Bangladesh could manage only 244, leaving Zimbabwe the winners by 130 runs. Two years later, in April 2013, at the same venue and against the same opposition, Taylor made a century in each innings (171 and 102 not out) to lead his side to another famous win. Taylor played his last match in February 2020 in Dhaka, on Zimbabwe’s tour of Bangladesh. In 31 matches, Taylor has scored 2055 runs at an average of 35.43, with six hundreds, including the highest score of 171. He has also taken 28 catches.

ODI Career

Taylor had a forgettable start to his ODI career when he failed to open his account against Sri Lanka at Bulawayo in April 2004, in a rain-curtailed game that Sri Lanka won by the DL method. He got his first ODI fifty in the fifth ODI of the same series when he made 74 in a match that Sri Lanka won. He made several memorable hundreds, including his first (118 not out) against Bangladesh at Chattogram in November 2009. Unfortunately for Brendan, that innings came in a lost game. In June 2010, he scored 119 not out against Sri Lanka in a triangular series at Harare. Chasing a score of 237 to win, Taylor led his side to victory to be awarded Man of the Match. After that, he had many centuries in losing causes, including 145 not out against South Africa at Bloemfontein in October 2010, 106 against Bangladesh at Bulawayo in August 2011, 128 not out against New Zealand at Harare in October 2011 and 107 not out against New Zealand at Harare in October 2011. Zimbabwe lost a thriller by 5 runs to Ireland at Hobart during the 2015 ODI World Cup. Batting first, New Zealand scored 331/8. Zimbabwe replied with 326 in 49.3 overs, with Taylor scoring 121. One of Taylor’s most memorable innings came against Afghanistan at Sharjah, the UAE, in February 2018, when, batting first, he scored 125 out his team’s total of 333/5. In reply, Afghanistan were bowled out for 179. Taylor played his last ODI in March 2020 against Bangladesh at Sylhet. In 196 ODIs, Taylor has scored 6326 runs at an average of 35.14 with 10 centuries, including his highest score of 145 not out. Apart from 125 catches and 29 stumpings, he also boasts 9 wickets at 45.11 with the best bowling figures of 3/54.

T20I Career

Taylor played his T20I match against Bangladesh at Khulna in November 2006. He made just 5 runs in a Zimbabwe innings of 123/9, chasing a target of 167. He got his first ODI fifty in the very next match played at Cape Town in the ICC World T20 against Australia. Batting first, Australia made 138/9. In reply, Zimbabwe made 139/5 on the back of an unbeaten 60 scored by Brendan Taylor who, as a result, was named Man of the Match. He had some impressive innings such as 75 not out against New Zealand at Hamilton in February 2012 and 59 not out against Bangladesh at Dhaka in March 2020, the last match that he played. In 40 matches, Taylor has scored 878 runs at an average of 25.82 with six fifties, including his top score of 75 not out. He has also taken 17 catches and effected 2 stumpings in addition to taking 1 wicket, with the best bowling performance of 1/16.