Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe’s courageous opener in ICC World Cup 2011

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Brendan, Zimbabwe’s courageous opener in ICC World Cup 2011
Brendan Taylor is stunning opening batsman with the ability to build a big innings. He is a superb cricketer, who can turn the game around on his own with his destructive and elegant strokes.
Taylor is a dominant batsman, who has assisted his team to numerous One Day International (ODI) victories.
However, his performance is somehow below the consistency level one could expect from a player of his talent. One of the biggest flaws of Brendan Taylor is his poor footwork and he is working hard on this and improving day by day.
Taylor made his first-class debut at the age of 15 and three years later in 2003, he became a part of Zimbabwe’s national side. He represented Zimbabwe in two under-19 World cups where his performance was good enough to talk about.
Taylor has the capacity to make a big score but many times he failed, while trying to play too aggressively. In the past, when Tentenda Taibu was not available for selection, Taylor was the team’s first choice wicket-keeper for 2 years.
Zimbabwe is a very young side and he is considered as the team's best man with a top ODI score of 145*. In 2008, Taylor joined Lashing World XI based in England but it turned into a bone of contention between Taylor and Zimbabwe Cricket Board due to the
Board’s policy of denying players to play abroad.
Taylor has not been able to perform consistently but he still is a vital asset for his side and with a few adjustments in his game, he can do extraordinary things in limited-over cricket. He is undoubtedly a brilliant and proficient cricketer, who just needs
to perform more consistently to do justice to his potential.
Brendan Taylor's batting talent has never been in question and he can be included among the top aggressive opening players of the world.
He has been in great form for the last 18 months, registering ODI centuries against Bangladesh (118*), (145*).
He also narrowly missed out on two further hundreds with scores in the 90s against His record shows that he can perform well against both Associate and top sides at an eye-catching average and a healthy strike-rate.
He has passed 3,000 ODI runs and sits fourth on Zimbabwe's all-time list of run-makers. Brendan is a hard working guy, ranked as the number 1 all-rounder in the current Zimbabwean team.
Taylor has played everywhere in the batting order, from opening to number 7.  However, he achieved most of his success at the opening slot where he scored tons of runs for his side.
The 25-years old competitor, not very sharp on the field, has a very safe pair of hands. He has scored 3242 runs in his 112 games with an average of 32.42, which is considerably good for a blistering opener.
ICC’s World Cup 2011 is going to be his second appearance in the mega event as Taylor played all of Zimbabwe’s games in the World Cup’s 2007 edition.
Although it was a very unfortunate tournament for, Taylor managed to make 87 runs at an average of 29.00. Taylor is a passionate performer and entertaining to watch.
He will be a key player for the Rhodesians in the World Cup 2011 and his side is looking to see him come out blasting in the opening position. If he would be able to show his class, Zimbabwe will be in position to upset top ranking teams.



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