Brian Taylor (cricketer)
|Full name||Brian Taylor|
|Born||19 June 1932
West Ham, London, England
|Died||12 June 2017 (aged 84)|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||7 May 1949 Essex v Cambridge University|
|Last First-class||31 August 1973 Essex v Nottinghamshire|
|List A debut||22 May 1963 Essex v Lancashire|
|Last List A||2 September 1973 Essex v Warwickshire|
Source: CricketArchive, 15 June 2017
Known as "Tonker" Taylor for his forthright approach to batting and his evident enjoyment of the game, Taylor was a high-class wicketkeeper who was thought of in his early playing days as a potential successor to Godfrey Evans as England's keeper. He was named as Young Cricketer of the Year in 1956 by the Cricket Writers' Club, his first full season, though he had made his first-class debut seven years earlier. He toured South Africa with the MCC side in 1956-57 as understudy to Evans, but did not feature in any of the Test matches as Evans had one of his most brilliant Test series.
In the event, his left-handed batting did not develop as much as had been hoped, and the Test call never came. But Taylor still had a long and distinguished career in county cricket. From 1961 to 1972, he played in 301 consecutive County Championship matches for Essex, and he captained the county from 1967 to 1973, when he retired. Under his captaincy, Essex assembled the nucleus of the young team that was to bring the county its first-ever trophies in the years after Taylor retired.
In all cricket, Taylor made 1,294 dismissals, which puts him seventh on the all-time list of wicketkeepers. He also made more than 19,000 runs in a total of 572 first-class matches. He was selected as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1972. He was a Test selector for England from 1973. He took part in the first cricket tour of Bangladesh when MCC visited in 1976-77.
He died in 2017.