Test Debut: Australia v West Indies at Sydney, 4th Test, 1988/89
Last Test: Australia v England at Sydney, 5th Test, 1998/99
Major Teams: Australia, New Sout Wales
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1990
Born in 1964 in Leeton, New South Wales, Mark Taylor, also known as “Tubby”, was an excellent left hand opening batsman and cricketing strategist. Also a successful leader of New South Wales in domestic competition, Taylor was appointed Australian captain after the retirement from the role of Allan Border in 1994. Throughout his reign at the helm of his national team, he was acclaimed by many as one of Australia’s best ever captains due to his tactical nous. Following his spectacular debut tour of England in 1989, where he scored an amazing 839 runs at 83.90, Taylor also proved a dependable opening batsman. He was also considered by many to be the finest slip fielder in world cricket; that he claimed a world record 157 catches in Tests only added lustre to this view.
During his years at the top, he was also a popular figure, and was a fabulous ambassador and role model for cricket and for his country both on and off the field. He retired from international cricket in February 1999, following a successful tour of Pakistan (during which he famously equalled Don Bradman’s record individual Test score of 334) and a final defence of the Ashes. Subsequently, he has become a respected television commentator for the Nine Network in Australia.
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