32-Year-Old Batsman Zimbabwe
June 26, 2018 Brendan Taylor News
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Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams have not make themselves available for the upcoming T20 triangular series at home against Australia and Pakistan next month due to a contract dispute, ESPN reports.
The five members of Zimbabwe's team have demanded that Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) provide them with a payment plan for two months' outstanding salaries and their match fees dating back to their tour of Sri Lanka in 2017, by June 25. Several more Zimbabwe players also may pull out of the competition as a result of the delinquent payments, according to ESPN.
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Fantasy AnalysisWith little help outside of an opening 45-run sprint by Solomon Mire, Taylor singlehandedly kept Zimababwe's innings afloat, reaching his fifty in 65 balls and then picked up the pace to needing just 40 more balls to reach his century, finding the boundary every five balls in the process. The century was his 10th in an ODI and has been consistently churning out strong scores throughout the qualifier, scoring at least 44 runs in four of his last five and a century against Nepal in a List A match at the beginning of the tournament. He'll look to continue his strong form in Thursday's finale against the UAE with a trip to the World Cup in the balance.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter being routed in the first ODI of the series, batting first, Zimbabwe took the Afghan bowlers to task, posting an impressive 333, thanks to the power of Taylor and Sikandar Raza, who combined to reach the boundary 26 times. The century was Taylor's ninth in 173 ODIs and his seventh Man of the Match award for his efforts, adding in a catch for his efforts as well.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile the side around him is as inconsistent as it gets, Taylor is the rock in the middle of Zimbabwe's order, scoring at least 24 runs in each of the side's first three matches of the Tri-Series. The half-century was his 33rd, but his first score above fifty since his ton at Auckland against India in the ICC World Cup in 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisMarking his triumphant return to Zimbabwe after signing a kolpak deal with Nottingham in 2015, Taylor had an ignominious start, knocked out for a single off seven balls. However, chasing 434 in the second innings, Taylor helped lead the resistance and recorded his first Test half-century since scoring 93 against South Africa at Harare in August 2014.
Fantasy AnalysisSince inking a three-year contract with the club during Zimbabwe's World Cup campaign, Taylor has upheld his end of the bargain with appearances in all of Nottinghamshire's first-class and T20 contests. Of the five T20s, he's mustered two scores above 20 en route to a 19.20 average and 118.51 strike rate. Behind the stumps, though, he's managed only one catch and one stumping. Considering his recent success, perhaps he's rounding into the form that ran roughshod at the World Cup, where he racked up 433 runs with a strike rate of 106.91 across six fixtures.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor has been a class above for Zimbabwe at this World Cup, and the team will be far worse off without him. He has churned out 433 runs at a strike rate of 106.91 and went over 50 in his last three innings, with a low score of just 37 against the West Indies. Taylor's ODI career for his country will likely finish with an average 34.82 in his 167 matches, accumulating 5,258 runs and scoring eight tons.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter playing Zimbabwe's final match of the World Cup on Saturday against India, Taylor will be ineligible to suit up for his country for the duration of the contract. There is a chance that he could qualify for England in due time, but the move essentially doubles as a retirement for now. Acting as Zimbabwe's captain in the current tournament, though, he's paced the squad with one century and another 50 en route to a 59.00 average and 100.00 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisTaylor is averaging an impeccable 59.00 in his five World Cup matches with a run a ball strike rate. He's only taken four catches behind the stumps, but his role batting at No. 5 has been key for Zimbabwe so far. Taylor and Sean Williams put on 149 for the fifth wicket to put his team in a solid position, but it wasn't to be for the African nation.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter the Proteas rode centuries from David Miller and JP Duminy to 339 runs, Zimbabwe did everything in their power to keep the chase within reach, including half-centuries from Chamu Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza. However, the required run rate slowly expanded from 7.80 to 9.00 during Taylor's time in the crease, before his demise on the first ball of over 37. As Thursday's match against UAE draws closer, he'll aim to maintain his 75.69 strike rate with four 50s across 15 ODIs last year.