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Former Kiwi all-rounder Bruce Taylor dies

February 06, 2021 16:10 IST
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Bruce Taylor played 30 Tests for New Zealand, picking up 111 wickets and scoring 898 runs.

IMAGE: Bruce Taylor played 30 Tests for New Zealand, picking up 111 wickets and scoring 898 runs. Photograph: Twitter

Former New Zealand all-rounder Bruce Taylor, the only player to score a century and take a five-wicket haul on Test debut, has died at the age of 77, the country's cricket board (NZC) said on Saturday.

Taylor, who had never scored a first-class century before, achieved the feat against India at Kolkata in 1965.

Walking out at number eight, he struck 105 with the bat before registering figures of 5-86 with the ball.

 

He also scored New Zealand's fastest Test century in a game against West Indies in 1969 before the record was broken by Daniel Vettori 36 years later.

"NZC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of all-rounder, Bruce Taylor, aged 77," the board said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with his family and close friends."

Taylor played 30 Tests for New Zealand, picking up 111 wickets and scoring 898 runs.

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