Jerome Taylor

Country: West Indies
Born: June 22, 1984, St Elizabeth, Jamaica
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Jerome Taylor Bio

Jerome Everton Taylor, born on June 22, 1984, in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, is a former West Indian cricketer known for his exemplary fast bowling skills. Renowned for his ability to make the ball move away from the batsman, Taylor has often been compared to the legendary Michael Holding for his devastating spells.

Taylor’s journey to international cricket began at the tender age of 18 when he was called up to the West Indies squad for the final match of their series against Sri Lanka in June 2003. It was evident from the beginning that Taylor possessed immense talent and potential. However, his career was marred by a series of unfortunate injuries that frequently forced him out of the playing lineup.

Between November 2009 and June 2014, Taylor was only able to participate in five T20Is and four ODIs. Consequently, his commitment to the game was questioned by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). However, just before this challenging period, Taylor delivered a stellar performance in their Test match against England at his home ground in Kingston. He tore through the English batting lineup, finishing with match figures of 8 for 85 and leading his team to a resounding victory.

Despite the setbacks, Taylor regained his place in the West Indies team during their 2014 tour of India, which was eventually abandoned due to a payment dispute. Since then, he has become a regular fixture in the Test and ODI squads.

Taylor’s rise to prominence was rapid, evident from his title as the most promising fast bowler in the 2003 Carib Beer Series. In only six first-class matches, he claimed 21 wickets at an impressive average of 20.14. His standout performance came against Trinidad & Tobago, where he bagged figures of 8 for 59 in the second innings, leading his side to a five-wicket victory.

Back injuries plagued Taylor during the early stages of his career, but he made a strong comeback. In the 2006-07 Carib Beer Cup, he picked up 26 wickets at an average of 16.61. His exceptional form continued when India toured the West Indies, where he became the leading figure of their pace attack. Taylor flourished, showcasing his accuracy and pace, and claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. His performance in this series earned him accolades from cricket enthusiasts and solidified his position in the team.

Taylor’s heroics extended to One Day Internationals (ODIs) as well. During a match against Australia in the Champions Trophy, he recorded figures of 4 for 49, including a hat-trick, playing a crucial role in West Indies’ exhilarating victory. A year later, he achieved his then personal best of 5 for 48 against Zimbabwe.

In 2008, Taylor emerged as the leading bowler of the Test series against Sri Lanka, bagging 11 wickets in two matches at an average of 24.81. His exceptional performances granted him the prestigious Jamaica Cricketer-of-the-Year award. That same year, he showcased his all-round abilities by scoring a Test century against New Zealand at an impressive pace.

Taylor’s comeback in 2014, after recovering from back injuries, fueled his dreams of playing in the 2015 World Cup. He performed brilliantly, finishing as the highest wicket-taker for the West Indies, claiming 17 wickets in seven matches. Furthermore, he was an integral part of the West Indies’ triumphant World T20 squad in 2016.

Unfortunately, Taylor’s Test career faced a setback during the Australia tour in 2015-2016, where he only managed to capture two wickets in three matches. This disappointing run prompted his decision to retire from Test cricket in July 2016, focusing his energies on limited-overs formats.

Jerome Taylor’s contribution to West Indian cricket cannot be understated. Despite numerous setbacks, he showcased his immense talent and determination, consistently astound ing the cricketing world with his lethal bowling. His impact on West Indies cricket will be remembered for years to come.

Jerome Taylor Career Stats

Jerome Taylor Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 46 73 7 856 106 12.96 1368 62.57 1 1 116 19 8 0
T20Is 30 15 6 118 21 13.11 92 128.26 0 0 10 6 9 0
ODIs 90 42 9 278 43* 8.42 323 86.06 0 0 31 5 20 0
FC 103 161 25 1595 106 11.72 - - 1 1 - - 25 0
List A 135 68 17 518 43* 10.15 - - 0 0 - - 27 0
T20s 120 46 23 266 21 11.56 220 120.9 0 0 21 13 21 0

Jerome Taylor Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 46 78 7757 4480 130 6/47 9/95 34.46 3.46 59.6 5 4 0
T20Is 30 30 600 863 33 3/6 3/6 26.15 8.63 18.1 0 0 0
ODIs 90 88 4341 3780 128 5/48 5/48 29.53 5.22 33.9 3 1 0
FC 103 - 15824 8401 326 8/59 - 25.76 3.18 48.5 12 16 2
List A 135 - 6431 5414 203 5/40 5/40 26.66 5.05 31.6 5 2 0
T20s 120 119 2520 3585 140 5/10 5/10 25.6 8.53 18 2 2 0

See more West Indies cricketers