Player Profile

Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor
New Zealand
Born March 08, 1984 ( 35 Yrs )
Birth Place Lower Hutt, Wellington
Height
Known As Rosco
Player Role Batsman
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm offbreak

Career Information - Teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore, New Zealand U19, New Zealand, Durham, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Pune Warriors, Trinidad and Tobago, Trinbago Knight Riders, St Lucia Zouks, Central Districts, Sussex, New Zealand A, New Zealand XI, Nottinghamshire, Jamaica Tallawahs, Middlesex


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Ross Taylor has to be one of the unsung heroes of this decade in international cricket. The bloke has over 6000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, at an average of 48 and 45 respectively. Impressive numbers, right? Yet when we talk of the finest batsmen in world cricket, seldom would you see Taylor's name coming up in a debate. It's an irony for his persona though, considering the way he stormed into international cricket with a freewheeling style of strokeplay that thrilled the crowd to bits.

Having made his debut on the domestic circuit during the 2002-03 season, he slowly emerged as a reliable batsman for Central Districts across formats. The 2005-06 season is what propelled his career upwards with a national call up coming in early 2006 for home ODIs against Sri Lanka. He made an immediate impression, whacking his maiden century in the series to set the tone for his career. A few more notable contributions came later in the year which ensured that he would soon be given the Test cap. However, it came during a tough tour of South Africa in 2007 and it was baptism by fire for the young Taylor.

However, he found his feet during the home summer against England, churning out his maiden Test ton during the series apart from three fifties. The return series in England further established Taylor's credentials in the longest format. Scoring runs there is always an acid test for any batsman and he came up with a masterclass knock of 154 at Manchester after an impresive 74 at Lord's. Despite having an unorthodox technique, Taylor's quick hands and steely determination meant that he could adapt to situations and any attack.

It was from the 2011-12 season onwards that he managed to be exceptionally consistent across formats, notably in Tests. Since then, he has been a vital cog of the Kiwi batting line up, almost always being the crisis man for the side against tough oppositions. In 2016, there seemed to be a slight dip in his gameplay but an eye operation followed and Taylor returned with a bang. Despite being a fairly good batsman in T20 leagues across the globe, he hasn't quite struck the same chord while playing for New Zealand in the shortest format. It did seem like he might out of the reckoning in T20Is after the 2016 World T20 but the home series against Pakistan in January 2018 saw him making a comeback, albeit as a replacement, and doing a fine job.

A destructive player when on song, Taylor is a pure matchwinner who can dismantle any attack, be it pace or spin. He does have his share of technical deficiencies but the hand-eye coordination the unorthodox strokes do make up for in a long way. The 2019 World Cup may well be his swansong and he would definitely a key member if the Kiwis are to stand a chance in winning the title.

World Cup - Through the Years

Having featured in World Cup 2007, 2011 and 2015 - Ross Taylor is the most experienced player in New Zealand's squad of World Cup 2019. In 2007, in his first ever World Cup appearance, Taylor was dismissed for a duck against England and he had pretty low scores throughout the tournament that season. His first ever World Cup century came against Pakistan in 2011 and that remains to be his only World Cup century till date. Ross had an impressive World Cup 2011 where he performed consistently but again in 2015 he failed in the initial few games.

Towards the later stages of World Cup 2015 is when Taylor got back amongst the runs. With scores of 56, 42, 30 and 40 against Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa and Australia respectively, Taylor chipped in with handy contributions but it was his inability to convert these starts into big scores that was a concern. With him being the most experienced batsman in the squad for WC 2019, it's high time Taylor starts performing consistently and helps New Zealand get into the knock-outs. The 2019 World Cup may well be his swansong, hence the middle order batsman would be looking forward to make it a memorable one.

By Hariprasad Sadanandan


Career

TEST debut vs South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Nov 08, 2007
Last TEST vs Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval, Aug 22, 2019
ODI debut vs West Indies at McLean Park, Mar 01, 2006
Last ODI vs England at Lord's, Jul 14, 2019
T20 debut vs Sri Lanka at Westpac Stadium, Dec 22, 2006
Last T20 vs England at Eden Park, Nov 10, 2019
IPL debut vs Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, Apr 20, 2008
Last IPL vs Rajasthan Royals at Sardar Patel Stadium, May 15, 2014

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 228 212 37 8371 181 47.83 10092 82.95 20 0 50 693 140
T20 95 87 17 1743 63 24.9 1430 121.89 0 0 5 111 65
Test 94 166 17 6840 290 45.91 11349 60.27 18 3 31 833 49
IPL 55 54 14 1017 81 25.43 822 123.72 0 0 3 66 46

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 228 6 42 35 0 0/0 0/0 5 0 0 0 0
T20 95 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
Test 94 7 96 48 2 4/2 4/2 3 24 48 0 0
IPL 55 2 12 24 0 11/0 11/0 12 0 0 0 0