Former New Zealand all-rounder Bruce Taylor dies aged 77

Taylor played 30 Tests for New Zealand, and was the only player to have scored a century and taken a five-wicket haul on Test debut.

Bruce Taylor in his delivery stride during a practice session ahead of a tour match, in Bombay, on September 19, 1969. - THE HINDU ARCHIVES

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 No. 8, he struck 105 with the bat before registering figures of 5 for 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.

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“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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