33-Year-Old Batsman New Zealand
August 16, 2017 Ross Taylor News
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Taylor has returned to New Zealand for family reasons, leaving Sussex following their game on Sunday.
Taylor leaves the Hove based side in fourth place with quarterfinals approaching. While not in the best of form with the bat, the former New Zealand skipper added value experience and leadership in the role of captain. Taylor has not passed a total of 11 in nine innings, when he made 40 not out in July against Glamorgan.
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Fantasy AnalysisSince returning from a two-month layoff with a calf injury, Taylor has found his stroke against Ireland, totaling two half-centuries in the three matches they've played against one another. This series has been an excellent tune-up for Taylor and the rest of the Black Caps' squad ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, which begins for them against Australia on 2 June at Birmingham.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor was forced to retire hurt when he was on eight, though he returned after the fall of the ninth wicket. The 33-year-old batsman is New Zealand's joint second-highest Test century scorer along with Kane Williamson with 16 centuries. Neil Broom, a 33-year-old batsman, was will likely debut in Taylor's place.
Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand's most experienced test batsman retired hurt with the score on 148 for the loss of two wickets due to a low grade tear in his right calf, picked up when running between the wickets. Taylor did however return the crease later in the innings with New Zealand nine wickets down to contribute a helpful 17 run partnership with Neil Wagner who was eventually dismissed. It is expected that Taylor will miss the remainder of the series with the injury.
Fantasy AnalysisWith Martin Guptill keeping the required run rate well below a run-a-ball, Taylor was able to relax into his innings and to stay with the batsman in form. Taylor's innings of 66 came to an end with the end of the game in sight with the score at 257 after he was caught by Hashim Amla off the bowling of Imran Tahir.
Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand's most-experienced batsman timed his innings to perfection to reach his hundred off the last ball of the innings. It brought his overall tally of centuries to 17 to go one over the former record holder Nathan Astle. In the same innings of 102 from 110, Taylor passed the milestone of 6,000 ODI runs.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor's 16th ODI ton, the most for any New Zealand batsmen in ODIs, drove the hosts to a match-winning total of 281/9. The 32-year-old hit 13 boundaries, he brought up his hundred off 96 deliveries. During New Zealand's fielding innings Taylor was put into specially designed slip positions twice that resulted in two catches almost instantly.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor and opening batsman Tom Latham shared a century stand for the third wicket and scored it at 4.41 runs per over before Latham was dismissed for 68. The 32-year-old became New Zealand's third batsman to score over 6000 runs in Test cricket totaling 6015 runs after he was dismissed, only former captains Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum sit above him for most Test runs for New Zealand. Taylor's half-century game from just 60 balls including five fours and two sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisStepping into the crease at 39 for two, Taylor and Kane Williamson seemed to have their work cut out, needing 178 runs from 45 overs and without their opening batsmen. However, a 163 run partnership between Taylor and Williamson all but locked up the victory. Taylor picked up his 26th half-century in the innings before being caught out by the exquisite Mehedi Hasan MIraz. Taylor will look to build on his form from the first Test as they travel to Christchurch for the second and final Test of the series, having been snubbed from the T20 squad.
Fantasy AnalysisNew Zealand's current most experienced batsman took his stats an extra step forward on Tuesday and his tally of international test centuries within one of the New Zealand record of 17 held by former mentor and ICC hall of fame member, the late Martin Crowe. Taylor's innings of 102 came from 134 deliveries and included 16 fours. He will now undergo eye surgery to correct an issue there while the New Zealand side travels to Australia for the three-match Chappel-Hadlee series.
Fantasy AnalysisThe normally dependable top-order batsman has fallen on hard times against India, having taken two ducks during their Test series and opening the ODI series with a first ball duck. With 15 ODI centuries throughout his highly-acclaimed career, Taylor's struggles have been echoed by the rest of the team as they've yet to win any of their first four matches of the super series. He'll look to find his form on Thursday in the second ODI of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a remarkable 173 not out in the first Test of the series, Taylor followed it up with another outstanding performance, adding 124 more runs to his total unbeaten and bringing him to 297 runs since his last dismissal. This was his 15th Test hundred, and he surpassed Martin Crowe's 5,444 runs to put him in third amongst Black Caps batsmen. However, Taylor is nearly a thousand shy of second place Brendon McCullum, who found plenty of life at the end of the CPL. Taylor followed up his strong first innings with 67 off 78 not out in the second innings to give the Kiwis some breathing room heading into the final day.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor was one of three Kiwis who went for a ton in a declared first innings that saw New Zealand total 576 runs after just six wickets fell. Taylor went for 19 fours, using his cut shot with aplomb, and partnered with BJ Watling at No. 7 for a whopping 253 runs before declaring in the 167th over. This was Taylor's 14th Test century, but came up shy of his high score of 290 runs in November of 2015 against Australia in Perth. He'll look for another huge score in the second and (for Zimbabwe, mercifully) final Test of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor will ultimately take the roster spot of Brendon McCullum (retirement) while Taylor's former replacement, Henry Nicholls, will still retain a spot on the roster.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor and Kane Williamson appeared to brush off the loss of openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum within the first four overs, accruing runs with regularity to aid the Black Caps' chase. Unfortunately for Taylor, he was unable to take advantage of a drop to end the eighth and fell two balls later on a high fly to mid-off. After a productive tour of England -- namely, a 93.75 average on the backs of two tons and one fifty across five ODIs -- he's put together a pair of unbeaten contests (four and 30) to kick off the CPL schedule with the St. Lucia Zouks.
Fantasy AnalysisEntering at No. 4, Taylor endured a cascade of wickets yet still put together fruitful stands with Martin Guptill (49 off 61) and Grant Elliott (55 off 52). However, Taylor edged one to the keeper only four balls after the stumping of Elliott, which appeared at the time to resign New Zealand to an inviting total for England to chase. While his side settled at 283 and still lost, Taylor did his best to prop up the Black Caps, tallying two centuries and one 50 en route to a 93.75 average and 95.90 strike rate in the five ODIs of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor has dominated the strike during the ODI portion of New Zealand's tour of England, posting back-to-back centuries after an opening 57 in the first such fixture last Tuesday. With an eye-popping 143.00 average at a 104.76 strike rate in the trio of matches, he's following up his steady finish to the World Cup, in which he scored at least 30 in the final four games. He now has 14 ODI tons to his name, as he's boosted his career figures in the format to a 43.01 average and 82.39 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor was a key cog in the middle order during the last half of the tournament, totaling one half-century and another unbeaten outing on his way to averaging 48.00 at a middling 61.93 strike rate during that span. While not a particularly powerful player at this point in his career, the 31-year-old helped maintain the Black Caps' innings and finished with the sixth-most runs scored on the team. After going unsold in February's IPL auction, he'll likely settle for domestic cricket and the occasional international outing going forward.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor was part of a 143-run partnership with double centurion Martin Guptill that set the foundation for New Zealand to advance to the semifinal. In this tournament, Taylor has struggled, notching just the solitary half-century, but he's averaged 61.00 in his last three innings and is looking better of late. An accomplished batsman with 12 ODI tons to his name, a firing Taylor will go a long way to New Zealand capturing their first World Cup trophy.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor is slowly running into form with the bat, although his strike rate is still rather low at 58.29. However, he needed to steady the ship after the loss of two early wickets, and his partnership with Martin Guptill set up New Zealand's win. After a poor start to the tournament, Taylor's last two innings have been encouraging.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was Taylor's best score of the tournament, and the time he spent at the crease could help his confidence for the remainder of the World Cup. His four previous innings have been 14, nine, an unbeaten five and one, but he is a quality batsman with a ODI average of 41.38 and a strike rate of 82.27. The birthday boy would have been happy to have time in the middle and to have remained not out.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor went out into the middle with New Zealand needing just 94 runs off 43 overs, but failed to make a big impact on the game, falling to the spin of Majid Haq for just nine. Since making 161 runs in two ODIs without being dismissed against Pakistan two weeks ago, he has struggled with the bat, scoring just 75 runs in his next four innings (including the two warmups). He will look to turn things around Friday against England, against whom he has a batting average of 41.52 and has scored two centuries.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor recently completed New Zealand's 1000th ODI century in the two match series against Pakistan, totaling 161 runs in his two innings without getting dismissed. He got those runs at the brisk strike rate of 106.62 and is the anchor of the New Zealand team, coming in at No. 4.