ricketing captain of Australia from Wagga Wagga in NSW.
One of the highlights of his career was on his first tour of England when he amassed 839 runs in 10 innings in Australia's 4-0 wins, 1 drawn, victoriously regaining the Ashes.
He has captained Australia in 50 tests, winning 26, drawing 11 and losing 13 but there have been lows as well as the highs in his remarkable career. At Edgbaston in June 1997 his career was in a downward spin, and the newspaper journalists were baying for his blood, as the scoreboard read: Caught Butcher, bowled Malcolm 7.
He then decided he would retire if he had a poor score for the second innings of that Ashes Test. However, history shows that he gathered all his heart, strength and willpower to hit a century in that second innings. The Phoenix had risen from the Ashes, so to speak, and Australia retained the Ashes.
At Peshawar in October,1998, he hit 334 runs not out against Pakistan to equal Sir Donald Bradman's highest Test score for Australia. Mark had the opportunity to bat on and challenge Brian Lara's world record of 375, but he declined and declared to give his team a chance to win. Unfortunately the match was drawn, however, it was felt that Mark was happy to share the record and not eclipse 'The Don'.
On 25th January 1999, Prime Minister John Howard, named Mark as Australian of the Year for 1999.
On 2nd February 1999, Mark resigned the captaincy of the Australian Test Cricket team. He reckoned he was starting to "lose his edge to compete". Also, Richie Benaud had advised him: retire when they still love you.
|Mark Taylor in action|
The left hander amassed 7,525 runs in 104 Tests and was considered one of the game's finest slip fielders and expert tactician.
Early March ' 99 Mark took up a position in marketing of tickets for the Sydney Olympic Committee.
It is also expected he will join Channel 9 as a commentator and take up cricket journalism and public relations work.