When Mark Taylor AO retired from international cricket, the curtain fell on an outstanding career as a player and Test captain. In a stunning farewell tribute, the influential international cricket bible Wisden saluted Mark Anthony Taylor as the greatest modern day captain’.
During the decade the 1999 Australian of the Year opened the batting for is country and the five years he was its highly-acclaimed and successful captain, the New South Welshman, voted Australia’s most admired sportsperson by Inside Sport magazine in the year of his retirement, was in the vanguard of a triumphant era for Australian cricket, departing the game with his country clearly the No. 1 Test-playing nation.
During the Taylor regime, the record books were constantly updated on both a team and personal front. Taylor, himself, left the game with several proud personal milestones.
Taylor played 104 Tests for Australia, 50 as captain, scoring 7,525 runs at 43.50. An outstanding slips fieldsman, he took 157 catches, holding the world record until Mark Waugh passed his mark.