Brendan Taylor

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: February 06, 1986, Harare
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Brendan Taylor Bio

Brendan Ross Murray Taylor is a former cricket player from Zimbabwe who is regarded as one of the finest players to have emerged from the country. His career, however, has been marred by controversy and personal struggles, which have overshadowed his impressive achievements on the field.

Born on February 6, 1986, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Brendan Taylor began his cricketing journey at a young age. He was mentored by Iain Campbell, father of Alistair, and honed his skills at the prestigious Lilfordia Primary School. Taylor quickly established himself as a talented young cricketer and represented Zimbabwe in various age-group teams, including two Under-19 World Cups.

Taylor made his international debut for Zimbabwe in April 2004 and soon became a mainstay in the team’s ODI squad. He was known for his dual role as a wicketkeeper-batter and exhibited his skills with both the bat and gloves. His ability to marshal a run-chase and his composed innings earned him accolades, particularly his match-winning knock of 60 not out against Australia in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007.

In 2011, Taylor was appointed captain of the Zimbabwean team, leading them through a challenging period of their cricketing history. Under his captaincy, Zimbabwe made a successful return to Test cricket after a self-imposed exile. Taylor’s leadership skills and batting prowess were instrumental in rejuvenating the team’s performance and unity. He played a pivotal role in unifying the players during off-field battles over unpaid salaries and the formation of a players’ association.

During his captaincy stint, Taylor’s batting reached new heights. He scored four centuries in his first seven Tests as captain, surpassing his previous record. His most remarkable achievement came in 2013 when he became the first Zimbabwean player, and the 12th overall, to score centuries in both innings of a Test match.

However, his tenure as captain and international cricketer faced turbulent times. Disillusioned with international cricket and having fallen out with coach Stephen Mangongo, Taylor signed a Kolpak deal with English county team Nottinghamshire in 2015. The move made him ineligible to play for Zimbabwe until the contract’s expiration. However, feeling homesick and citing family reasons, Taylor gained early release and returned to international cricket in 2018.

In January 2022, Taylor shocked the cricketing world with revelations of a distressing ordeal involving corruptors. Via Twitter, he disclosed how he had been approached by individuals who attempted to trap him with a combination of cocaine and blackmail in late 2019. Taylor, fearing for his family’s safety, delayed reporting the incident to the ICC. As a consequence, he received a three-and-a-half-year ban from all cricket from January 28, 2022.

Taylor also revealed his struggles with substance abuse and expressed his intention to seek rehabilitation. In an interview, he admitted to failing a drugs test after his final international game in September 2021.

Despite the controversies surrounding his career, Brendan Taylor’s contribution to cricket in Zimbabwe cannot be overlooked. He was a player of immense talent and a symbol of resilience in the face of adversity. While his career may be tarnished by unfortunate events, his achievements on the field remain a testament to his skill and commitment to the sport.

Brendan Taylor Career Stats

Brendan Taylor Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 34 68 4 2320 171 36.25 4138 56.06 6 12 254 22 30 0
T20Is 45 45 6 934 75* 23.94 790 118.22 0 6 93 24 20 2
ODIs 205 203 15 6684 145* 35.55 8721 76.64 11 39 599 106 133 29
FC 136 248 13 9571 217 40.72 - - 32 36 - - 148 4
List A 318 309 26 9914 154 35.03 - - 19 54 - - 200 41
T20s 174 168 22 3911 140* 26.78 3155 123.96 2 25 380 108 65 14

Brendan Taylor Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 34 4 42 38 0 - - - 5.42 - 0 0 0
T20Is 45 2 30 17 1 1/16 1/16 17 3.4 30 0 0 0
ODIs 205 21 396 406 9 3/54 3/54 45.11 6.15 44 0 0 0
FC 136 - 384 225 4 2/36 - 56.25 3.51 96 0 0 0
List A 318 - 606 604 20 5/28 5/28 30.2 5.98 30.3 0 1 0
T20s 174 8 150 152 8 3/38 3/38 19 6.08 18.7 0 0 0

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