Ross Taylor

New Zealand
Age
March 8, 1984 (38 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Lower Hutt, Wellington
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
New Zealand
Bowling Style
Off break

Ross Taylor is a right-handed batsman who has had a consistent presence in all three formats of the game for New Zealand. He is the most capped international player for New Zealand having played 433 games across the formats scoring more than 17,000 runs.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

New Zealand, Durham, North Island, Nottinghamshire, New Zealand A, New Zealand Inv XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Middlesex, Victoria, New Zealand Under-19, Sussex, Central Stags, Pune Warriors India, Central Districts, New Zealand XI, St Lucia Zouks, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, Jamaica Tallawahs, World XI, New Zealanders

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
233
217
39
8581
181*
48.21
10281
83.46
21
53
712
146
T20I
102
94
21
1909
63
26.15
1560
122.37
0
7
121
71
Test
108
188
24
7411
290
45.19
12502
59.28
19
35
904
55
IPL
54
53
14
1002
81*
25.69
803
124.78
0
3
65
46

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
233
4
42
35
0
-
5
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
102
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
108
8
99
48
3
2/4
2.91
16
33
0
0
0
IPL
54
2
12
24
0
-
12
-
-
0
0
0

A solid middle-order batsman and one the most attacking modern batsman, Ross Taylor will go down in history as one of the most prolific all-format players.

ODI Career

Ross Taylor got the national call-up in the home ODI series against the West Indies in March 2006. He scored 15 runs in the debut ODI but soon, in the third ODI, his first against Sri Lanka, he scored a maiden ODI century in a losing cause – unbeaten 128 batting first coming in at number three with 12 fours and 4 sixes.

A couple of months later, Ross Taylor’s second century came against Australia chasing a mammoth target of 337. This time New Zealand prevailed thanks to 117 by Ross Taylor. In the 2007 ODI World Cup, apart from 85 against Kenya, his second-highest score was 10. In the 2011 World Cup, Ross Taylor scored his maiden World Cup century against Pakistan – 131 not out – which remains his only ODI century.

Ross Taylor started performing consistently from 2011 to the 2015 World Cup. The year 2015 was the best year of his career with 1046 runs – the only time he has ever crossed a thousand run mark in a year – with an average of 58.11. With only 1 half-century, Taylor had less than an average World Cup.

Before the 2019 World Cup, Ross Taylor became one of the leading ODI batsmen in the world. In 2018, he scored 639 runs at an average of 91.28 in 11 matches. He had a decent outing in the World Cup 2019 with three half-centuries. Overall, Ross Taylor averages 48.44 for a tally of 8574 runs in 232 ODIs.

Test Career

Ross Taylor made his first-class debut in 2002 – 2003. He made his Test debut a year and a half after the ODI debut against South Africa away from home in November 2007. He didn’t do much in that series, however, announcing himself in the Test arena with a century – 120 runs – in his first home Test against England at Hamilton in March 2008. New Zealand won that Test by 189 runs. Ross Taylor also scored three half-centuries in the series.

In the return series in England, Ross Taylor scored 154 not out in the first innings of the second Test at Manchester. However, the rest of the series wasn’t good. After a string of low scores, Ross Taylor achieved top scores in both innings, 40 and 75 runs, in his first Test down under at Brisbane in November 2008.

Around 2011 and 2012, he became a consistent performer and a key member in the Kiwi lineup. In 2013, he scored 866 runs at an average of 72.16 with 3 centuries including his maiden Test double century217 not out – against the West Indies in a home Test match at Dunedin.

In recent years, Ross Taylor has experienced a dip in form but he has shown the tendency to bail his team out of crunches. With 101 Tests so far, Ross Taylor is among only four New Zealanders to play more than 100 Tests. He has scored 7238 runs in Tests at a fine average of 46.10 with 19 centuries.

T20I Career

Ross Taylor has a wide range of shots and can switch gears at will. He was selected to play for New Zealand in T20I in December 2006 against Sri Lanka at Wellington. Taylor scored run-a-ball 22 runs in a losing cause.

In the inaugural T20I World Cup, Ross Taylor started with a good knock of 62 in just 43 deliveries but could not continue starring later in the tournament. He has played in 6 T20I World Cups so far and has scored 562 runs in 28 games at 28.10 – an average slightly better than his career average.

An innings of 62 runs in 50 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes against the West Indies at Auckland in 2008 is Ross Taylor’s highest score in T20Is. It was a tie that the West Indies won in a one-over eliminator.

Ross Taylor is among the very few people who have played 100 matches in all three international formats. He is also among the top four six hitters in New Zealand. Overall, in exactly 100 T20I played so far, the most for a Kiwi, Ross Taylor has scored 1909 runs with 7 half-centuries at a strike rate of 122.56.

IPL Career

Ross Taylor, a predominantly attacking Kiwi batsman, was supposed to have a good IPL career but after playing seven seasons since the inaugural season in 2008 to 2014 he stopped appearing in the IPL.

Ross Taylor was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2008 IPL auction for USD 100,000. He played his debut IPL game against Mumbai Indians (MI) at Wankhede Stadium. Coming in at number 6, Ross Taylor scored a quickfire 23 of 12 deliveries in a successful chase of 165. He played only 4 games in the 2008 season and scored 149 runs at a superb strike rate of over 180.

Ross Taylor played for RCB for the first 3 seasons with 2010 being the worst of them as he scored just 88 runs in 7 matches at an average of 22. He was left by RCB and bought by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a whopping USD 1.3 million in 2011. The price never justified the performance and Ross Taylor had to again shift base to Delhi in 2012. However, his performances did not improve. In 2013 he went to Pune Warriors India only to come back to Delhi in the next season in 2014. He never played in the IPL again.

Overall, in the IPL, he has scored just 1017 in 55 matches at an average of 25.42 with only 3 half-centuries.

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