Peter Taylor (Australian cricketer)

Peter Laurence Taylor (born 22 August 1956) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 13 Test matches and 83 One Day Internationals from 1987 to 1992. He became a Test match selector for Australia in the late 1990s.

Peter Taylor
Personal information
Full namePeter Laurence Taylor
Born (1956-08-22) 22 August 1956
North Sydney, New South Wales
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
Domestic team information
1985–1990New South Wales
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 13 83
Runs scored 431 437
Batting average 26.93 19.86
100s/50s 0/2 0/1
Top score 87 54*
Balls bowled 2,227 3,937
Wickets 27 97
Bowling average 39.55 28.24
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/78 4/38
Catches/stumpings 10/– 34/–
Source: CricInfo, 12 December 2005

Domestic career

His initial selection for Australia in 1986-1987 after only a handful of games for NSW was a huge shock. It was initially thought that his more known New South Wales colleague Mark Taylor had been selected. He was dubbed Peter Who? by the media. Taylor played for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield between 1985 and 1990 and played two seasons for Queensland (1990–92)

International career

He justified his selectors with a stunning 6/78 on debut against England at Sydney.[1] He however was unable to repeat such a feat again in his test career (12 more matches between 1987 and 1992).

However Taylor became the staple spin-bowler of the Australian One Day team of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was able to bowl his off-spin with economy and pick up vital wickets in matches. He was also a good fielder and an able lower order batsman. He played 83 times taking 97 wickets between 1987 and 1992, appearing in both the 1987 and the 1992 World Cups.

Taylor was noted for his deliberate approach to the wicket and the rhythmical nature of his bowling action that involved him first swinging his bowling arm, joining hands as he swung forwards then completing a loop of his joined hands before delivering the ball. He was noted as a heavy spinner of a cricket ball and comparisons were made with Ashley Mallett, the former Australian spin bowler.


  1. "5th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 10-15, 1987". espncricinfo. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2011.


  • Benaud, Richie (1991). Border & Co: A Tribute To Cricket's World Champions. Hamlyn Australia. ISBN 0-947334-31-9.
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