Popular Australian cricket player Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor is a quite popular name in the dimension of Australian cricket player. He played as an opening batsman for the Australian cricket team from 1988-99 and captained the team for a good five years from 1994-1999 wherein he played a highly influential and effective role and contributed to the team’s progress largely in the test innings arcade. Having a strong grasp over his position as an opening batsman, his effective performance as a captain and as a slip fielder made everyone perceive him as a deserved all rounder.
When it comes to a ground breaking entry in cricket world, especially test cricket, it has to be Mark Taylor. It was his first test series for Mark Taylor where he was able to score 839 runs at 83.90 average in six test matches. This aggregate is considered to be the second highest after the record aggregate runs of Don Bradman’s 974 runs. In first nine Tests of Mark Taylor, Australia passed 400 in the first innings. Mark Taylor scored centuries in successive Tests against Sri Lanka and Pakistan his scores were 52 and 101 at the MCG, 77 and 59 at the Adelaide Oval and an unbeaten 101 at Sydney.
In his first England tour in 1989, Taylor made 839 test runs while for majority of the 104 test matches that he was a part of with a score of 7,252 runs at a average of 43.29 batting, inclusive of 40 fifties and 19 centuries. Being a superb slip that he was, Taylor exhibited a firm grounding with his world record of 157 catches in a test series! Taylor proved to such a progressive leader for the Australian team that he was considered to be one of the best captains that the team ever had.
In 1997, Taylor made an outstanding century at Edgbaston and the next year, he performed an unbeaten feat of 334 runs at Peshawar. Even though he was in a good form, yet six months later, Taylor retired and is now a commentator for the Nine Network. He frequently appears on The Cricket Show with Simon O’Donnell.