KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor caught up with his former MCC Young Cricketers coach Clive Radley ahead of the first Investec Test and remembered his time at Lord's as an up and coming cricketer.
Taylor, who will play his 100th first-class match tomorrow, spent a season as an MCC YC in 2002 under Radley's tutelage.
"I remember the first time he got in the nets," Radley told Lord's TV.
"He tried to whack every other ball over the indoor school. But he reined himself in and by the end of May he started playing properly and got loads of runs for us."
Taylor's time at Lord's
Radley, who is the current Middlesex President, remembers how a young Taylor had to hone his technique and learn to play defensively on his arrival at the Home of Cricket.
Taylor, who has scored eight centuries in 46 Tests for New Zealand, praised the MCC YC scheme for helping him develop.
"I enjoy my job," the 29-year-old said.
"I'm doing that today and I accredit that to a lot of what I learnt at MCC with the Young Cricketers."
He has fond memories of his time at Lord's, including the day when he missed the team bus to the Oval and had to find his way there by tube at rush hour.
A mistake, Radley noted, that he did not make again!
Taylor toured England in 2008 with the Black Caps and will be looking to improve on his performance that time around, when he scored just 39 in his two innings.