Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Mark Anthony Taylor, AO is a former Australian cricket player and Test opening batsman from 1988–1999, as well as captain from 1994–1999, succeeding Allan Border. He was widely regarded as an instrumental component in Australia's rise to Test cricket dominance, and his captaincy was regarded as adventurous and highly effective.
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The Unsolved Tupac And Notorious B.I.G. Murders To Be The Focus Of New True Crime Series
Huffington Post - 4 months
The lives of dueling rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. have been chronicled on the big screen before, but their unsolved murders will be the focus of a new pilot picked up by USA on Thursday, Variety reports.  The scripted series, currently titled “Unsolved,” will trace the concurrent investigations into their deaths through the lens of Greg Kading, a former LAPD police detective who was in charge of the law enforcement task force responsible for solving the crimes. Both of the rappers were killed in drive-by shootings that occurred six months apart amid the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry in the late ‘90s. In September 1996, Tupac was shot four times and killed by an unknown assailant at the age of 25. Biggie was murdered the next year in Los Angeles. He was only 24.  Kading documented his experience in the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations, which will reportedly serve as the source material for the tru ...
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Australia Test stars have point to prove
Yahoo News - 4 months
Australia captain Steve Smith admits the team has its work cut out after their 3-0 Test series loss to Sri Lanka, but says it'll be a different ball game on home soil against South Africa. Smith and his colleagues pull on their pads Tuesday for day-night Sheffield Shield domestic games with several players needing to impress before the first Test against the Proteas starts in Perth on November 3. Former Australia captain Mark Taylor recently claimed only five members of the current Test side, which went down 3-0 in Sri Lanka in September, were assured of their places.
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Taylor says six Australia Test spots up for grabs
Yahoo News - 5 months
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor says six spots are contestable in the national team ahead of the first Test against South Africa next month. Taylor claimed only five members of the current Test side, which went down 3-0 in Sri Lanka in September, were assured of their places against the Proteas in Perth from November 3-7. "The people who pick themselves at the moment are David Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and I think everyone else at this stage will be talked about," he told Cricket Australia's website late Thursday.
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Top Ten 2015 L.A. Theatre Productions
Huffington Post - about 1 year
1. Reborning (Fountain Theatre) Zayd Dohrn begins his play with a strange peek into a little-known world, that of making realistic baby dolls. Simon Levy expertly directs an amazing trio: Joanna Strapp as the doll-maker, with a horrific past, Ryan Doucette as the boyfriend who thinks she's weird, despite his making sex toys for a living and Kristin Carey as the woman who orders the doll made, for tragic personal reasons of her own. 2. Switzerland (Geffen Playhouse) Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith again strikes theatrical gold, this time with her version of the last days of combative, tortured suspense writer Patricia Highsmith, captured with great fire by Laura Linney. Seth Numrich plays a New York publishing character who seems to be demanding Highsmith's latest book from her Swiss home but Murray-Smith's play, directed by Mark Brokaw with aplomb, calls into question reality in a most fascinating manner. 3. L'Espace du Temps (Ford Theatres/Valley Performing Arts Cente ...
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Andrew Nicholas Taylor
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
Andrew Nicholas Taylor, 20, of Fergus Falls, died Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was the light of his parents' lives. Funeral Services were held Thursday, April 23, at the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls with Military Chaplin Stan Synstelien officiating, interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery. Andrew was born on September 16, 1994, in Fergus Falls, the son of Mark Taylor and Ricki Moen. Andrew attended grade school in Fergus Falls and spent his high school years in Fergus Falls, Pierz and Underwood where he graduated in 2013. Andrew went into the Army National Guard in November of 2012. Andy began his employment history as a merchandiser working with plants and then he worked in a bakery and also worked as a roofer. It was his training in the guard that helped him begin his last employment as a mechanic, which he truly loved. Whenever Andrew was able, he also loved working on family farms. He enjoyed target shooting, boxing, wizard and magic games, making homemade salsa and maki ...
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Dyson invests in batteries to build new products, robotics
IT World - almost 2 years
By investing $15 million into supporting battery technology research, a company known for making high-end vacuum cleaners is positioning itself to expand into other products, including robotics. Dyson Inc., a British-based technology company most known for its vacuum cleaners, announced earlier this week that it is making a multimillion-dollar investment in Michigan-based battery-tech startup Sakti3. Dyson executives hope the batteries that come out of the investment will help the company develop 100 new products over the next four years. "With this new technology, the possibilities go far beyond vacuums. Anything that runs on cordless power will need powerful battery technology," said Mark Taylor, Dyson's chief of research and development. "We can't give away too much just yet, but we are looking at multiple applications as we develop our 25-year pipeline of technology." To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Oscar Nominations 2014: 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle,' '12 Years A Slave' Lead Nominees
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Rush" star Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 2014 Oscar nominations on Thursday morning from Los Angeles. The nods come in advance of the 86th annual Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Ellen DeGeneres will emcee the event. "Gravity" and "American Hustle" scored 10 nominations each, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron and David O. Russell, respectively) and Best Actress (Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams, respectively). "12 Years A Slave" grabbed nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). Other Best Picture nominees included "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Many expected nominees were left without an honor ...
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Other Mark Taylor’s trophy, and bowhunting ethics - about 3 years
I’m finally getting around to posting a shot of Roanoke’s “other” Mark Taylor with an awesome whitetail he killed with a bow while hunting a piece of land he has in Iowa. Check out the browtines on this baby! Wow! Mark said the buck was 4 1/2 and grossed in the 160s. Interestingly, Mark was hoping to get a shot at a monster buck that he knew was in the area. But a neighbor clipped the buck (non-lethal) a week earlier and the big boy went into hiding. Which leads me an interesting blog post by Rich Landers, the outdoors editor at The Spokesman-Review in Washington. The title is Has modern bowhunting gone ethically off target? The post was a teaser for his newspaper column about the difficult (but successful) recovery of a bow-shot, trophy whitetail. In this case the hunter was praised for going the extra mile, so to speak. But Landers isn’t such a fan of some other bowhunters. Here are two graphs from the blog post: “There are no good current statistics to support the argum ...
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Cricket-Australia win toss, to bat first in Ashes opener
Yahoo News - over 3 years
BRISBANE, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat first in the first Ashes test against England at the Gabba on Thursday. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior was named in the England side after recovering from a calf strain, while Chris Tremlett took the spot as the third seamer alongside James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Australian batsman George Bailey was handed his baggy green cap by former captain Mark Taylor ahead of his test debut and spinner Nathan Lyon was included in the starting line-up with all-rounder James Faulkner named as 12th man. ...
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Corbelis Opens Southwest Florida Office
Yahoo News - over 3 years
ESTERO, Fla., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Massachusetts-based Corbelis, national developer of the award-winning Willowsford community in Virginia, announces its expansion into Southwest Florida with a new office opening in Estero and the launch of a new master-planned residential community.The Southwest Florida operation will be led by regional President, Anthony Solomon, who will also continue his responsibilities for The RONTO Group; Dennis Church, Vice President, Community Development; and Mark Taylor, Vice President, Development. ...
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'Sport no longer impacts community'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Cardiff, June 5 -- There are many cricketers who are instantly recognizable because of their physical features. Mark Taylor's protruding belly earned him the apt nickname Tubby, Joel Garner's 6'9 frame led to another fitting moniker, Big Bird. But, if there's one cricketer who's hard to miss owing to his physique it's England pacer from the 1980s and early 90s Gladstone Small, yes him of no-neck fame.The Barbados-born Small suffers from a rare congenital disease, Klippel-Feil syndrome, which can be identified by shortness of the neck. ...
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Crews seek missing skier deep inside Alberta crevasse -
Google News - almost 4 years Crews seek missing skier deep inside Alberta crevasse Rescuers are digging through snow in a Rocky Mountain crevasse, hoping to find a trapped skier. Mark Taylor, director of the parks department in Abbotsford, B.C., fell into a crevasse in the glacier on March 12 while on a five-day cross-country ski trip with two ... Rescue crews hope to reach missing skierCTV News Rescue teams land in area where Abbotsford skier fell into crevasse in Yoho ...The Province Crews reach area where Abbotsford man is stuck in crevasseNews1130 660 News -Calgary Herald -Abbotsford Times all 42 news articles »
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The In-N-Out Family Drama That Almost Tore Them Apart
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This story comes courtesy of Forbes. By Caleb Melby Lynsi Torres appears as a likely future billionaire in the “Up-and-Comers” section of the Billionaires Issue of Forbes Magazine, published March 25. Numerous publications have said that Lynsi Torres, the 30-year-old, drag-racing heiress to In-N-Out Burger is a billionaire. She’s not there yet. But give her time. The beloved California burger chain is a darling among consumers and is growing rapidly, but it’s doubtfully worth $1 billion. More likely it’s worth $800 million, based on comparisons to other similar “better burger” spots like Red Robin, Sonic and Jack in the Box. Plus Lynsi doesn’t own all of it. She is the beneficiary of two trusts that collectively own 72.4% of the fast-food chain. The trusts, made public thanks to legal tussles between Lynsi and two cotrustees, show that she received a third of the In-N-Out fortune when she turned 25 and got nudged up to half the shares of the trusts when she turned ...
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Meet America’s youngest female billionaire
Financial Post - about 4 years
Lunchtime at the flagship In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Baldwin Park, California, is a study in efficiency. As the order line swells, smiling workers swoop in to operate empty cash registers. Another staffer cleans tables, asking customers if they’re enjoying their hamburger. Outside, a woman armed with a hand-held ordering machine speeds up the drive-through line. Such service has helped In-N-Out create a rabid fan base — and make Lynsi Torres, the chain’s 30-year-old owner and president, one of the youngest female billionaires on Earth. New store openings often resemble product releases from Apple Inc., with customers lined up hours in advance. City officials plead with the Irvine, California-based company to open restaurants in their municipalities. “They have done a fantastic job of building and maintaining a kind of cult following,” said Bob Goldin, executive vice president of Chicago-based food industry research firm Technomic Inc. “Someone would love to buy them.” That som ...
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Streamline Premium Art Video Releases New Art DVDs With Alexey Steele, Bryan Mark Taylor
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Streamline Art Video, a division of Streamline Publishing, Inc., releases new art videos featuring well-known artists Alexey Steele and Bryan Mark Taylor.Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) December 18, 2012 Streamline Premium Art Video announces new art instruction DVDs, officially released today. These DVDs, by well-known, popular artists, are designed to help artists and those who wish to become artists learn how to paint in the featured artists’ techniques. The DVDs show the entire process, step by step, including the mixing of colors and every brush stroke. ...
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Alaska dispatch: Stranded by a storm - over 4 years
Heavy rain caused this road-blocking mudslide near the Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova, Alaska. CORDOVA, Alaska — A predicted strong storm that approached central Alaska over the weekend turned out to be every bit as vicious as expected. We hunkered down through the rain — 17 inches fell over the past three days at the Cordova harbor — and wind in our 24-foot RV,  where I passed the time reading and tying flies. We came through relatively unscathed. Well, sort of. Mark Taylor passes the time during a nasty storm tying flies in his rented RV. The storm disrupted ferry service from Cordova on Saturday and Sunday. Now there is a backlog of passengers trying to get out of here. Unsure of how long we wanted to stay, we came here on a one-way ticket. Not good. After reaching the ferry terminal early Sunday morning – after I had to pull trees from a mudslide out of the road – we were told we couldn’t even get on the standby list to get out of here until we had a reservation. ...
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Will This New Trend Change Restaurants Forever?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The online petition site could be seen as both a blessing and a curse for restaurants. On the one hand, it's an easy way for customers to communicate to businesses what they want. On the other hand, it's an easy way for customers to communicate to businesses what they want. Restaurants, such as In-N-Out, Chick-fil-A, Sizzler, Chipotle, Wendy's and others, are being targeted by petitions created by customers and other individuals with varying concerns including civil rights, animal rights, environmental sustainability and worker safety. "Within the past year, we've seen a real uptick in all kinds of corporate accountability campaigns, including to food chains and individual restaurants," Michael Jones, campaign director for, told The Huffington Post. "Petition victories have spawned people who want to want to take action and start new petitions." The latest such petition to get media attention is that of Los Angeles vegan Ari Solomon, w ...
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USDA bought meat from slaughterhouse under investigation
Fox News - over 4 years
A California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for cruelty and possible health issues sold 21 million pounds of beef to the federal government in 2011 for use in school and other nutritional programs, records show. Federal officials said nothing they have seen so far on undercover video shows meat from cows that may have been sick or lame making it into the food supply, but interviews with employees were ongoing. Records show the government made five large-scale purchases of ground and chunk beef from the company in 2011, spending a total of more than $50 million. USDA spokesman Justin DeJong said he did not know to which government food programs the beef was allocated. "I know that 21 million alone did not go to school meals, but I'm going to keep working on getting information," DeJong said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture acted quickly to shut Central Valley Meat Co. of Hanford on Monday after an undercover video showed inhumane treatment of animals. Th ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Taylor
  • 2002
    Age 37
    He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He is now a commentator for Channel Nine and mainly commentates on One Day International and Test matches in Australia, so he can spend more time with his family. He also appears on The Cricket Show with Simon O'Donnell, and is a spokesman for Fujitsu air-conditioners. Taylor is patron of the Mark Taylor Shield Cricket competition run for NSW Catholic Primary schools in and around the Sydney region. On 6 November 2011, Waitara Oval, the home of the Northern District Cricket Club, had its name formally changed to Mark Taylor Oval, to honour its former First Grade captain and life member. In October 2015, The Primary Club of Australia announced that Mark Taylor had accepted the role of Twelfth Man and Patron following the passing of their former Patron, Richie Benaud OBE. He also became Director of Cricket Australia, who commissioned a replacement cap for Benaud, only for his ill health and subsequent passing to have the cap presented to his wife.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    He was awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001.
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  • 1998
    Age 33
    Taylor's swansong was the 1998–99 Ashes series against England, which began with his 100th Test in the First Test in Brisbane.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 46 and a duck—his first in Australia—as England were saved when thunderstorms forced the abandonment of play on the final afternoon. Two half centuries in the next two Tests in Perth and Adelaide saw Australia win by seven wickets and 205 runs respectively, thereby retaining the series 2–0. After losing the Fourth Test by 12 runs after a dramatic final day collapse, Taylor headed to his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground, for what would be his final Test. Australia went on to win the Test by 98 runs and take the series 3–1. Taylor only scored two in both innings, but he broke Border's world record for the most Test catches. His catch in the first innings equalled Border's 156 and another in the second made him the sole owner of the record. He also jointly holds the record in Test cricket (along with Ian Healy) of being the only cricketers to have been run out in both innings of a Test on two occasions.
    Later in 1998, Taylor led his team to Pakistan, where a convincing win in the First Test at Rawalpindi by an innings and 99 runs was Australia's first Test victory in the country for 39 years.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor then attended a court hearing investigating the claims of match-fixing made during the 1994 tour. In the Second Test at Peshawar, Taylor played the longest innings of his career. He batted two days to amass 334 not out, equalling Sir Donald Bradman's Australian record set in 1930. In temperatures above 32oC, Taylor survived two dropped catches before he had reached 25 and scored slowly on the first day. He shared a 206-run partnership with Justin Langer. The next day, he added 103 runs in a morning session extended from two to three hours. After the tea interval, he discarded his helmet in favour of a white sun hat, to deal with the extreme heat. He passed 311, eclipsing Bob Simpson's record score by an Australian captain. In the final over, Taylor equalled Bradman's Australian Test record when a shot to midwicket was barely stopped by Ijaz Ahmed, which reduced the scoring opportunity to a single run.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    However, Taylor's ODI form was not to the satisfaction of the selectors. At the start of the 1997–98 season, a new selection policy was announced: the Test and ODI teams became separate entities, with specialists in each form of the game selected accordingly.
    More Details Hide Details Taylor was dropped from the ODI team, in favour of the aggressive Michael di Venuto. Tactically, ODI cricket was transformed by Sri Lanka's World Cup success, when it employed the highly aggressive opening pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana. At this time, Taylor was a central figure in a pay dispute between the players and the ACB, with a strike action threatened by the players. Taylor continued as Test captain and led the team to a 2–0 win over New Zealand. The first two matches were won by 186 runs and an innings, while the Third Test ended with Australia one wicket from victory after almost two days' play was washed out. Taylor scored a century (112 on the first day of the First Test, and an unbeaten 66 in the Third Test, compiling 214 runs at 53.50 for the series. This was followed by three Tests against South Africa. After South Africa withheld the Australian bowling on the final day to secure a draw in the Boxing Day Test, Australia took a 1–0 lead in the New Year's Test at Sydney with an innings victory. Taylor carried his bat for 169 in the first innings of the Third Test at Adelaide which helped Australia to draw the match and clinch the series.
    The 1997 Ashes tour started poorly amid rumours that Taylor was on the verge of losing his place in the side.
    More Details Hide Details He batted ineffectively as Australia lost the one day series 0–3, scoring seven and 11, before dropping himself for the final match. In the First Test, Australia were dismissed for 118 in the first innings, with Taylor contributing seven: he had not managed to pass 50 in his last 21 Test innings. England amassed a big lead of 360 runs. With Australia facing a heavy defeat, media criticism of his position intensified. The Melbourne Age ran a competition for its readers to forecast how many runs he would make. Most respondents guessed less than 10 runs. The team's erstwhile coach, Bob Simpson, said that Taylor's retention in the team in spite of his poor form was fostering resentment among the players and destabilising the team. Taylor started nervously in the second innings, but went on to score of 129, which saved his career, but not the match. His performance prompted personal congratulations from Prime Minister John Howard and the team's management allowed the media a rare opportunity to enter the dressing room and interview Taylor. During the period he refused offers by the manager to handle the media on his behalf. Australia went on to win the Third, Fourth and Fifth Tests and retain the Ashes 3–2. Although Taylor made single figures in the three Tests following his century, he contributed 76 and 45 in the series-clinching Test at Nottingham. Taylor ended the series with 317 runs at 31.7.
    The early 1997 tour to South Africa brought no upturn in Taylor's batting despite Australia's 2–1 victory in the series: he scored 80 runs at 16.00.
    More Details Hide Details His form was such that it influenced the selection of the team. For the Second Test at Port Elizabeth, played on a green pitch, Australia played Michael Bevan as a second spinner batting at number seven to reinforce the batting, instead of a third seamer to exploit the conditions. After scoring seven and 17 in the first two ODIs, Taylor dropped himself from the team for the remaining five matches.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    This was followed by two and three-Test series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively in the 1995–96 Australian season.
    More Details Hide Details The Pakistan series began among a media circus when Salim Malik arrived with publicity focused on the bribery allegations which had surfaced a year earlier. Australia won the First Test in Brisbane by an innings in three and a half days, with Taylor contributing 69. In the Second Test at Bellerive Oval, Taylor scored 123 in the second innings to set up a winning total. In the Third Test in Sydney, he made 59 as Australia collapsed for 172 in the second innings and conceded the match. He ended the series with a healthy 338 runs at 67.60. The subsequent Test and ODI series involving Sri Lanka were overshadowed by a series of spiteful clashes. The Tests were won 3–0 by the Australians with heavy margins of an innings, ten wickets and 148 runs respectively. Taylor's highlight being a 96 in the First Test at Perth as he compiled 159 runs at 39.75. He also made his 100th Test catch during the series. After accusations of ball tampering were levelled against the tourists in the First Test, leading spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was no-balled seven times in the Second Test, and during the ODI series, the Sri Lankans accused Taylor's men of cheating. The season hit a low point with the Sri Lankans which saw the teams refuse to shake hands at the end of the second final of the triangular series which Australia won 2–0.
    This victory was followed by the 1995 tour of the West Indies, where Australia had not won a Test series for 22 years.
    More Details Hide Details Australia lost the ODI series which preceded the Tests 1–4, with Taylor making 152 runs at 30.40. The difficulty of Australia's task was increased when fast bowlers Craig McDermott and Damien Fleming went home injured at the start of the tour. Australia fielded a pace attack of Glenn McGrath, Brendon Julian and Paul Reiffel who had played only 23 Tests between them. Despite this, Australia won by ten wickets in the first Test at Barbados, with Taylor contributing a half-century. After the Second Test was a rained-out draw, the West Indies beat Australia inside three days on a "green" Trinidad pitch in the Third Test. Australia regained the Frank Worrell Trophy with an innings victory in the Fourth Test at Jamaica, with Taylor taking the winning catch from the bowling of Shane Warne. Although he only managed 153 runs (at 25.50 average) for the series, Taylor held nine catches and his leadership was cited as a key factor in the result.
  • 1994
    Age 29
    His first task was a tour of Pakistan in 1994, where Australia had not won a Test since the 1959.
    More Details Hide Details To make matters worse, Australia's first-choice pace pairing of Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes missed the tour due to injury. The First Test at Karachi was a personal disaster for Taylor as he scored a pair, the first player in Test history to do so on his captaincy debut. Paceman Glenn McGrath then broke down in the middle of the match. Australia was in the box seat with Pakistan needing 56 runs with one wicket in hand, but lost by one wicket after Ian Healy missed a stumping opportunity and the ball went for the winning runs. Recovering to score 69 in the Second Test at Rawalpindi, Taylor forced Pakistan to follow on after taking a 261-run lead. However, he dropped Pakistan captain Salim Malik when he was on 20. Malik went on to make 237 as Pakistan made 537 and saved the Test. Australia again took a first innings lead in the Third Test, but could not force a result, as Malik scored another second innings century to ensure safety and a 1–0 series win. Taylor ended the series with 106 runs at 26.50. Australia fared better in the ODI triangular tournament, winning five of their six matches. Taylor scored 56 in the final as Australia beat Pakistan by 64 runs to end the tournament with 193 runs at 32.16.
  • 1993
    Age 28
    Against New Zealand in 1993–94, Taylor made 64 and 142 not out in the First Test at Perth, which ended in a draw.
    More Details Hide Details He then scored 27 and 53 as Australia won the next two Tests by an innings, totalling 286 runs at 95.33 in three Tests as Australia won 2–0. In the rain-affected Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Taylor played his 50th Test and celebrated with 170 against South Africa, the first Test between the two countries since 1970. This made him the first batsman to score centuries on Test debut against four countries. In addition, he passed 4,000 Test runs during the innings. Taylor had scored more than 1,000 Test runs for the calendar year, ending with 1106 runs Taylor scored 62 in the Third Test, his only other half-century for the series, which he ended with 304 runs at 60.80. On the reciprocal tour of South Africa at the end of the season, Taylor missed a Test because of injury for the only time in his career. Matthew Hayden filled in for the First Test in Johannesburg, which Australia lost. On his return for the Second Test at Cape Town, he scored 70 and ended the series with 97 runs at 24.25. Both series were drawn 1–1.
    The problem of finding him a long-term partner was solved on the tour of England that followed. NSW batsman Michael Slater, who also grew up in Wagga Wagga, made his debut in the First Test of the 1993 Ashes series.
    More Details Hide Details In the First Test at Old Trafford, Taylor made 124 after an opening partnership of 128, as Australia managed only 289 after being sent in. Australia managed to scrape out a lead of 79, before going on to a 179-run win. This was followed by a stand of 260 at Lord's in the Second Test, with Taylor making 111. In the process, he passed 1000 Test runs against England and the partnership broke the Ashes partnership record at Lord's, which had been set by Bill Woodfull and Don Bradman in 1930. The partnership laid the platform for Australia's total of 4/632, as the tourists proceeded to an innings victory. His scoring was more sedate in the remaining Tests as Australia won 4–1, and he finished with 428 runs at 42.80. He passed 30 only once more, with 70 in the first innings of the Sixth Test at The Oval.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    He was selected for the squad for the 1992 Cricket World Cup held on home soil, and after Australia lost its first two matches, Taylor was recalled for his first ODI in 12 months.
    More Details Hide Details He made 13 as Australia beat India by one run, but scored his first ODI duck in the next match as England won by eight wickets. He was dropped for the remainder of the tournament. On the 1992 tour of Sri Lanka, Taylor struggled in scoring 148 runs at 24.67. After scoring 42 and 43 in Australia's win in the First Test, Taylor failed to again pass 30. With new opening partner Tom Moody also struggling with 71 runs at 11.83, Australia frequently struggled at the top of their innings. He played in all three ODIs, scoring 138 runs at 46.00. His 94 in the first match was his highest score in ODIs to that point. Against the West Indies in 1992–93, Taylor was now opening alongside David Boon with Moody having been dropped. Taylor was ineffective and failed to pass fifty in the first four Tests. After Australia failed by one run to win the Fourth Test and thus the series, Taylor was dropped for the deciding Test at Perth, having failed to make double figures in either innings. In his absence, Australia lost by an innings in three days and conceded the series 1–2. He had scored 170 runs at 24.29 for the series. However, he played all of Australia's ten ODIs, scoring 286 runs at 28.60 with two half-centuries.
  • 1991
    Age 26
    His moderate form continued during the 1991 tour of the West Indies, where he was selected in only two of the five ODIs, scoring three and five.
    More Details Hide Details He ended the run with a rear-guard innings of 76 in the second innings of the Fourth Test at Barbados. Despite his effort, Australia lost and the West Indies took an unassailable lead of 2–0. In the Fifth Test St. Johns, Antigua, Australia gained a consolation victory due mainly to Taylor's scores of 59 and 144 (out of a total of 265). This late rush of form boosted his average for the series to 49. In late 1991, before the Australian season started, Taylor was appointed to lead an Australia A side to tour Zimbabwe. The team was composed of younger Test players and other young players who were seeking to break into international cricket. The selectors were attempting to groom Taylor as a potential replacement for Border. During the 1991–92 Australian season, Taylor batted consistently in a 4–0 series victory over India. He scored 94 and 35* in a ten-wicket win at Brisbane. He scored half-centuries in each of the next two Tests before striking 100 in the second innings of the Fourth Test at Adelaide. It helped Australia to wipe out a first innings deficit of 80 and set up a winning target. His opening partner Marsh was dropped for the Fifth Test, so the selectors elevated Taylor to the vice-captaincy of the team. Over the next twelve months, a number of players were tried as Taylor's opening partner. Taylor struggled in his first match with new partner Wayne B. Phillips, scoring two and 16.
  • 1989
    Age 24
    A year after his Test debut, Taylor was selected to make his ODI debut, which came on Boxing Day of 1989 against Sri Lanka.
    More Details Hide Details He made 11 as Australia won by 30 runs. He was selected for nine of Australia's ten ODIs for the season's triangular tournament, scoring 294 runs at 32.66 with two half-centuries. His highest score of 76 came as Australia defeated Pakistan by 69 runs to clinch the finals series in Sydney. The season ended with ODI tournaments in New Zealand and Sharjah. He played six of the eight matches, scoring 222 runs at 37.00 with two half-centuries, but was dropped for the final in New Zealand. Taylor experienced a slump during the 1990–91 Ashes series. After making two-half centuries in the first two Tests, he failed to pass 20 in the last three and finished with 213 runs at 23.66 in a team that won 3–0. He found himself on the outer for the ODI triangular tournament, missing all eight of the preliminary matches before returning to score 41 and 71 as Australia won the finals 2–0.
    Returning to Australia, Taylor made 1,403 first-class runs at 70.15 during the 1989–90 season, and ended 1989 with 1,219 Test runs, thus becoming the first player to better one thousand Test runs in his debut calendar year, something only matched twice since by England opener Alastair Cook and Australian Adam Voges.
    More Details Hide Details In Taylor's first nine Tests, Australia passed 400 in the first innings. He scored centuries in successive Tests against Sri Lanka, and against Pakistan his scores were 52 and 101 at the MCG, 77 and 59 at the Adelaide Oval and an unbeaten 101 at Sydney. Australia won both series 1–0. In just over twelve months, he had amassed 1,618 runs at 70.35. This outstanding start to his career earned Taylor nomination as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1990. At the season's end, he demonstrated his leadership abilities for the first time. Standing in as NSW captain in place of the injured Geoff Lawson for the 1989–90 Sheffield Shield final in Sydney, Taylor scored 127 and 100. NSW won by 345 runs to secure its 40th title.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    Solid form for NSW in 1988–89 resulted in Taylor's selection for his Test debut in the Fourth Test against the West Indies at the SCG, replacing middle-order batsman Graeme Wood.
    More Details Hide Details For three years, the opening combination of Geoff Marsh and David Boon had been successful for Australia. However, team coach Bob Simpson wanted a left and right-handed opening combination, and stability added to the middle order. Therefore, the left-handed Taylor partnered the right-handed Marsh, while Boon batted at number three. Taylor's safe catching at slip was also a factor in his selection. He made 25 and 3 in a winning team, then was run out twice in the Fifth Test. A first-class aggregate of 1,241 runs (at 49.64 average) for the season earned him a place on the 1989 Ashes tour. Beginning with a century at Headingley in his First Test against England, Taylor amassed 839 runs at 83.90 in the six Tests: the second best aggregate in an Ashes series in England, behind Don Bradman's 974 runs in 1930. He occupied the crease for a total of 38 hours, more than six full days of play. The highlight of his tour was the Fifth Test at Trent Bridge when he and Geoff Marsh became the first pair to bat throughout a day's play of Test cricket in England, amassing 301 runs. Taylor made 219 in a partnership of 329, an Ashes record. He finished with 71 and 48 in the Sixth Test to overtake Neil Harvey for the third-highest series aggregate in Test history and totalled 1,669 first-class runs for the tour.
  • 1987
    Age 22
    He originally trained as a surveyor, and received a degree in surveying from the University of New South Wales in 1987.
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    He had a lean season in 1987–88, after which he spent the English summer with Greenmount, helping them to win their first Bolton League title by scoring more than 1,300 runs at an average of 70.
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  • 1985
    Age 20
    Taylor made his Sheffield Shield debut in 1985–86 when NSW was depleted by the defection of regular openers Steve Smith and John Dyson to a rebel tour of South Africa.
    More Details Hide Details Opening with fellow debutant Mark Waugh, he scored 12 and 56 not out against Tasmania. His first season was highlighted by home and away centuries against South Australia in a total of 937 runs at 49.31 average.
    His debut was for New South Wales in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He retired from Test cricket on 2 February 1999. In 104 Test matches, he scored 7,525 runs with a batting average of 43.49, including 19 centuries and 40 fifties. He was also an excellent first slip – his 157 catches, at the time, a Test record (now held by Rahul Dravid). In contrast to his predecessor Allan Border, who acquired the nickname 'Captain Grumpy', Taylor won plaudits for his always cheerful and positive demeanour. His successor, Steve Waugh, further honed the Australian team built by Border and Taylor and went on to set numerous records for victories as captain. Having been named Australian of the Year in 1999, he is now a cricket commentator for the Nine Network, and Director of Cricket Australia. The second of three children born to bank manager Tony Taylor, and his wife Judy, Mark Taylor's early years were spent at Wagga Wagga, where his family relocated when he was eight. His father had a sporting background, playing first grade rugby in Newcastle. The young Taylor preferred Australian rules football and cricket. He learned to bat in the family garage, with his father throwing cork balls to him. Taylor idolised Arthur Morris, the left-handed opening batsmen from New South Wales who led the aggregates on the 1948 "Invincibles" tour of England.
  • 1972
    Age 7
    He moved to Wagga Wagga in 1972 and played for Lake Albert Cricket Club.
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  • 1964
    Born on October 27, 1964.
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