James Taylor

Country: England
Born: January 06, 1990, Nottingham
Height: 5ft 6in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Middle order Batter

James Taylor Bio

James William Arthur Taylor, born on January 6, 1990, in Burrough-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire, England, was a talented cricketer who tragically had his career cut short due to a heart condition. Despite his diminutive stature, standing at just 5ft 6ins, Taylor proved that size doesn’t matter when it comes to cricket.

From a young age, Taylor showcased his talent and represented England Under-19s, including participating in the 2008 World Cup. He began his professional career playing for Shropshire in Minor Counties cricket before progressing to Leicestershire via the Worcestershire academy and second XI. In 2009, he had a prolific season and was honored with the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Player of the Year award.

During his time at Leicestershire, Taylor scored an impressive 3689 runs in 53 first-class matches, averaging 49.18. However, he was advised to move to Nottinghamshire to play first division cricket and advance his career. This move proved to be a calculated risk as Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire’s home ground, was known for challenging batsmen. Nevertheless, Taylor marked his first-class debut for Nottinghamshire with an unbeaten century against Loughborough MCCU after an initial first-ball duck.

Taylor’s breakthrough into the international scene came in 2012 when he made his Test debut against South Africa at Headingley. Despite initial doubts and criticism from his partner, Kevin Pietersen, Taylor responded with impressive performances, consistently scoring runs across all formats. In 2013, he averaged 73 in domestic one-day cricket and 88 in 2014, patiently waiting for his second opportunity to represent England.

After two years of waiting, Taylor was finally selected for a one-day tour of Sri Lanka in 2015, signaling the end of his frustrating period of being overlooked. That year, he played in 25 out of 30 ODIs and reached a milestone by scoring his maiden ODI hundred against Australia at Old Trafford. Taylor’s ability to maneuver the ball into gaps and judge the pace of an innings were central to his success.

In the Test format, Taylor faced challenges due to his size and a strong leg-side game that occasionally exposed defensive weaknesses. However, he made a noteworthy contribution when recalled for a Test against Pakistan in Sharjah, scoring 76 runs.

Unfortunately, Taylor’s promising career took a devastating turn when he was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in 2016. Just a few months after representing England in the Test series win against South Africa, he was forced to retire at the age of 26.

Despite his career being cut short, Taylor’s impact on English cricket will not be forgotten. He showcased resilience, determination, and skill throughout his eight-year career and proved that talent knows no height limitations. Taylor’s story serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of life and how even the most promising careers can be tragically halted.

Today, James Taylor continues to contribute to cricket as a commentator and analyst, sharing his insights and knowledge of the game. Although he may no longer be on the field, his impact on English cricket remains significant, and his story continues to inspire others.

James Taylor Career Stats

James Taylor Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 7 13 1 312 76 26 753 41.43 0 2 32 2 7 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 27 26 5 887 101 42.23 1107 80.12 1 7 69 12 7 0
FC 139 231 29 9306 291 46.06 - - 20 47 - - 91 0
List A 136 131 30 5365 146* 53.11 6376 84.14 15 30 391 78 30 0
T20s 91 82 25 1972 62* 34.59 1685 117.03 0 8 149 42 33 0

James Taylor Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 27 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 139 11 228 176 0 - - - 4.63 - 0 0 0
List A 136 5 138 170 5 4/61 4/61 34 7.39 27.6 1 0 0
T20s 91 7 74 100 2 1/10 1/10 50 8.1 37 0 0 0

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