Tayls — he wins

Weekend Herald - - Your Sporting Weekend - Ross Tay­lor

The rise and rise of the re­mark­able con­tin­ues in the twi­light of his ca­reer. In a stun­ning one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries against Sri Lanka he made scores of 54, 90 and 137. It was a con­tin­u­a­tion of sorts from his dra­matic one-legged 181 not out last sum­mer against Eng­land and in the past 12 months he’s scored 863 ODI runs (nearly dou­ble Kane Wil­liamson’s 466) at an av­er­age of 95.88. Some­time this year — fit­ness al­low­ing — he will over­take Stephen Flem­ing as New Zealand’s lead­ing run-scorer in ODIs and his record sug­gests he’s a bet­ter 50-over player than Flem­ing, or even Nathan As­tle, the other Kiwi to have posted more than 7000 ODI runs. In 268 in­nings, Flem­ing made 8007 runs with eight cen­turies,

49 half-cen­turies and 17 ducks at a strike-rate of 71.40 and an av­er­age of 32.41. Tay­lor, in con­trast, has bat­ted

195 times for his 7714 runs with 20 tons, 45 half­cen­turies and just nine ducks. His strike rate is 83.17, av­er­age 47.91. As­tle played 217 in­nings to make 7090 runs with 16 cen­turies, 41 half-cen­turies and 19 ducks, with a strike-rate of 72.64 and an av­er­age of 34.92. Both As­tle and Flem­ing are spo­ken of rev­er­en­tially when it comes to New Zealand’s best ODI play­ers but Tay­lor — who hasn’t al­ways been shown the same love — is leav­ing them both in the shade. Let’s savour and cel­e­brate this class act for as long as he’s around.

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