Sarah Taylor (cricketer)

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Sarah Taylor
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Taylor at the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup
Personal information
Full name Sarah Jane Taylor
Born (1989-05-20) 20 May 1989 (age 28)
Whitechapel, London, England
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 146) 8 August 2006 v India
Last Test 9 November 2017 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 102) 16 August 2006 v India
Last ODI 29 October 2017 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 30
T20I debut (cap 17) 5 August 2006 v India
Last T20I 21 November 2017 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–present Sussex Women
Career statistics
Competition WTests WODI WT20I
Matches 8 113 81
Runs scored 266 3,786 2,054
Batting average 19.00 40.70 30.20
100s/50s 0/0 6/19 0/15
Top score 40 147 77
Catches/stumpings 17/2 80/45 22/46
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 8 November 2017

Sarah Jane Taylor (born 20 May 1989) is an English cricketer. She is a wicket keeper-batter known for her free flowing stroke play, opening the batting in one day matches and batting in the middle order in Tests. She was a member of the England team which retained the Ashes in Australia in 2008. She plays county cricket for Sussex.


Taylor's and Holly Colvin's inclusion in the Brighton College boys' team caused some controversy within the MCC.[1]

On 30 June 2009, she scored 120 at a run-a-ball in the 2nd One Day International at Chelmsford, overtaking Enid Bakewell's 118 in 1973 as the highest individual score against Australia by an Englishwoman. On 8 August 2008, she broke the record for the highest stand in women's One Day International cricket with a first wicket partnership of 268 with Caroline Atkins at Lord's for England against South Africa. She went on to score 129.[2]

On 1 September 2008 she became the youngest woman cricketer to score 1000 runs in One Day Internationals when she scored 75 not out at Taunton in England's 10 wicket win against India. She reached 1000 runs when she had scored 16.[3]

At the start of the cricket season she was the first woman player ever to play in the Darton first XI. She has also been joined at Darton by Katherine Brunt, England bowler.

Sarah Taylor & Ebony Rainford-Brent of England in March 2009 at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup held in Sydney

She opened the batting for England in their victories in the 50 over World Cup in Australia and the Twenty/20 World Championship in 2009. However, she pulled out of the England tours of 2010 and 2011, including the Ashes match in Australia.

She won the T20I Women's Cricketer of the Year in 2012 and 2013,[4][5] and was the holder of one of the first tranche of 18 ECB central contracts for women players, which were announced in April 2014.[6]

She was named as the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year in 2014.[4]

In 2015, she became the first woman to be inducted in the Legends Lane at the Brighton and Hove County Cricket Ground at Hove.[7][4]

Also in 2015 she became the first woman to play men's grade cricket in Australia, when she appeared as wicketkeeper for Northern Districts against Port Adelaide at Salisbury Oval in South Australia's premier men's competition.[8]

In May 2016, Taylor announced she had been suffering from anxiety which she said had been adversely affecting her cricket performance. She announced a break from playing in order to 'prolong her career'. [9][10] She resumed playing in April 2017 and in June she was selected for the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup,[11] at which she and Tammy Beaumont set the record for the highest 2nd-wicket partnership in Women's Cricket World Cup history (275) in a 68-run victory over South Africa.[12] Taylor's innings of 147 was her career best in ODIs.[13] Taylor was a member of the winning women's team at the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup held in England.[14][15][16]

Personal life

Taylor is a fan of Arsenal football club.[17]

International centuries

Women's One Day International centuries

Sarah Taylor's Women's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 101 10  Australia Chennai, India Chemplast Cricket Ground 2007 Lost[18]
2 129 30  South Africa London, England, United Kingdom Lord's 2008 Won[19]
3 120 46  Australia Chelmsford, England, United Kingdom County Ground 2009 Won[20]
4 109* 66  New Zealand Lincoln, New Zealand Bert Sutcliffe Oval 2012 Won[21]
5 100 85  West Indies Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago Queen's Park Oval 2013 Won[22]
6 147 105  South Africa Bristol, England, United Kingdom Bristol County Ground 2017 Won[23]



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  2. ^ "Record falls as England women win". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Taylor record sets up England win". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Cricketer Sarah Taylor inducted into 'Legends Lane' at Hove". Bexhill Observer. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  5. ^ The Guardian (13 December 2013). "Ashes captains Clarke and Cook both hit a ton and pick up an annual award". Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "England women earn 18 new central contracts". BBC. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Sarah Taylor becomes first women cricketer to be inducted into Legends Lane at Hove – Latest Cricket News, Articles & Videos at". Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sarah Taylor becomes first woman to play in men's grade cricket in Australia – Latest Cricket News, Articles & Videos at". Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Taylor: England keeper-batter takes indefinite break for personal reasons". BBC. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Taylor speaks about anxiety attacks". ECB. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sarah Taylor joins England women's training camp in UAE". BBC. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Highest partnerships by wicket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  13. ^ Ehantharajah, Vithushan (5 July 2017). "Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont seal record England win over South Africa". Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Live commentary: Final, ICC Women's World Cup at London, Jul 23, ESPNcricinfo, 23 July 2017.
  15. ^ World Cup Final, BBC Sport, 23 July 2017.
  16. ^ England v India: Women's World Cup final – live!, The Guardian, 23 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Come on you Gunners!!!". 
  18. ^ "Women's Quadrangular Series, 9th Match: Australia Women v England Women at Chennai, Mar 1, 2007". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  19. ^ "South Africa Women tour of England, 2nd ODI: England Women v South Africa Women at Lord's, Aug 8, 2008". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Australia Women tour of England, 2nd ODI: England Women v Australia Women at Chelmsford, Jun 30, 2009". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "England Women tour of New Zealand, 3rd ODI: New Zealand Women v England Women at Lincoln, Mar 5, 2012". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  22. ^ "England Women tour of West Indies, 3rd ODI: West Indies Women v England Women at Port of Spain, Nov 3, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  23. ^ "ICC Women's World Cup, 13th Match: England Women v South Africa Women at Bristol, Jul 5, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
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