Paul Taylor - England - Test Profile 1993-1994

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Date: 20 June 1994

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      Left Arm Fast-medium, Left Hand Bat
      Saturday, 08 August 1964
      Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire
  • England
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Paul TAYLOR - England - Test Profile 1993-1994

Paul Taylor, the left arm seam bowler from Northamptonshire who often shared the new ball with Curtly Ambrose in county cricket, had two chances at Test cricket, both very brief. He toured India and Sri Lanka with Graham Gooch in 1992-93 in the hope he could repeat the success of fellow left armer John Lever on Tony Greig's Indian tour years 20 years before. He took 5-46 against the Indian Board Presidents XI in Lucknow and was chosen for the first Test in Calcutta. However, the wicket helped spin rather than seam, and Taylor had just one wicket for 65, with Sidhu caught by Graeme Hick. He had just three overs in the second innings. He batted stubbornly and with more effect than many of his betters, scoring 17 and 17 not out, but the rough caused by his follow through was blamed for giving Chauhan, Kumble and Raju a receptive surface for their match-winning spin.


He did not play again until the last match of the tour, the 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka, when Aravinder was in devastating form. Taylor bowled just three overs for 20 runs. He was given just one more Test, the second against New Zealand at Lord's in 1994. In the first innings he had one wicket, that of Adam Parore, for 65 runs, and it was clear skipper Mike Atherton was unwilling to trust his bowling after a profligate opening spell, so much so that in the second innings he came on fourth change, when he had Stephen Fleming lbw. However, it was his defiant batting in the company of Steven Rhodes which enabled England to hold out for a draw. He had an unsuccesful career with Derbyshire between 1981 and 1986 and had dropped out of county cricket for five years before being given another chance in 1991. (Bob Harragan)