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|Born||Brendan Ross Murray Taylor|
February 6, 1986
|Years active||2004 - Present|
|Known for||Playing International Cricket for Zimbabwe|
|Spouse(s)||Kelly-Anne Readings Taylor|
|Parent(s)||Debbie Taylor, Graham Taylor|
Brendan Taylor, is a Zimbabwean professional cricketer whose game role is WicketKeeper. His batting style is Right hand bat and bowls Right-arm offbreak. He has represented Zimbabwe at ODIs and the World Cup such as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Taylor has captained the Zimbabwe team a number of times. His ODI debut was in 2004 in a match againse Sri Lanka. He currently has six centuries and 31 50s in the 50-over game. He played for Zimbabwe in the 2007, 2011, and 2015 ICC World Cups. Taylor is said to have been among the most talented cricketers that were promoted into the senior side following the departure of senior players such as Henry Olonga after having been drafted into the team when he was 18. Besides being a very aggressive batsman, he was also an occasional replacement for Tatenda Taibu. In one of his great performances in a final match against Sri Lanka in which he top scored with 75 runs which included 5 fours and three sixes. He scored his maiden first-class half century in 2005 against Pakistan. The player was also rumoured to have been suspended from the game for nine months for missing training without good reason. Taylor has had some highs and lows in his career and at one point even scored a paltry 5 runs, there are also moments in which he has really sparkled. At one point Zimbabwe needed five runs from the last ball in a match against Bangladesh and Taylor stepped up to hit a six and claim a famous victory.
Taylor is said to have started playing competitive cricket between 2000 and 2001 when he was turning out for Mashonaland A in Zimbabwe's Castle Lager Logan Cup competition managing 322 runs and a best of 82 runs. Having played about three years in the domestic league, he was called up to play for the national team. Some of his career highlights include a score of 193 in the Logan Cup against Matebeleland and 105 against Midlands and an award winning 150 not out against Centrals. He also played Club cricket in the Netherlands. During the 2015 ICC World Cup, Taylor announced that he would be leaving Zimbabwe Cricket after having inked a three-year deal with deal with Nottinghamshire of England. Should the contract be approved by ECB, Taylor would not be in action for the Chevrons for as long as that contract is in effect.
Teams Played For
- Chittagong Kings
- Mashonaland A
- Mid West Rhinos
- Prime Bank Cricket Club
- Sunrisers Hyderabad Wellington
- ICC World Cup Zimbabwe Squad Profiles , International Cricket Council, Published:Unknown, Retrieved:14 February 2015
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- ARYA YUYUTSU Taylor goes Kolpak, puts Zimbabwe career on hold, ESPN Cricinfo, Published: March 11, 2015, Retrieved: March 12, 2015