Cricket World Cup 2019 - Ross Taylor

NZ batsman Ross Taylor
NZ batsman Ross Taylor. Photo credit: Photosport

Age: 35
Height: 1.83m
Right-handed batsman
Born: March 8, 1994
ODI debut: March 1, 2006 (218 matches)
ODI batting: 8026 runs (48.34 average, 20 centuries, 47 fifties, 181* top score)  
Social links: @RossLTaylor (Twitter), @rossltaylor3 (Instagram)

Born in Lower Hutt, educated at Wairarapa College and Palmerston North Boys High School.

Taylor is the second player of Samoan descent to play for New Zealand, after former fast bowler Murphy Sua. After captaining the NZ U19, he made his senior one-day debut against West Indies in 2006.

He has played for Central Districts throughout his NZ domestic career, but has appeared for a variety of teams across England country cricket, the Indian & Caribbean premier leagues and Australian Big Bash.

Taylor first captained NZ in 2010 and led his country in all formats, until he was controversially replaced mid-tour by Brendon McCullum in 2012/13.   

He has continued to set batting records at international level and became the first NZ batsman to score 20 ODI centuries against Sri Lanka in January 2019. Since the 2015 World Cup, Taylor ranked second - behind only Indian captain Virat Kohli - in one-day batting average.