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Ross Taylor, a former MCC Young Cricketer, is enjoying a good start to his career as New Zealand captain after taking over from Daniel Vettori.
The 27-year-old captained the Kiwi’s to a thrilling victory in his first Test, after overseeing a 2-1 ODI series win and a 2-0 T20 series victory.
Zimbabwe, who have impressed with performances after their return to the Test arena earlier this year, came close to chasing down a fourth innings target of 366 before falling 34 runs short.
Debutante fast bowler Doug Bracewell was the star for the Kiwis, taking 5-71 as the hosts collapsed from 265-3 to 331 all out.
Prior to the tour, Taylor set out his stall to lead from the front with the bat as skipper, and got off to a good start with his fifth ODI century in the third match – though Zimbabwe successfully chased 329 to win.
The Wellington born batsman's good form continued in the Test arena as well, as he made 76 in both innings of the match.
Taylor has the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Kiwi legend Vettori, who was in charge of the Black Caps from 2007 until the 2011 ICC World Cup.
Earlier in his career, Taylor spent two years with the MCC at Lord’s, where he developed a reputation of being one of the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball to have graduated from the YC programme.
He followed in the footsteps of the likes of former YCs Sir Ian Botham and Mark Waugh by playing international cricket for his country, making his ODI debut in 2006.
Since then he has established himself as his country’s leading batsman and is currently placed 19 in the ICC’s Test batting rankings.
MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson wished Taylor luck in his new role.
He said: “Playing for your country is a special feeling and to do so as captain is the ultimate accolade.
“Ross has established himself as one of the most impressive and consistent performers on the international stage and here at MCC we are proud to have played a part in his career.
“Clive Radley, his former coach here at Lord's, considered him one of the most talented batsmen to have played with the Young Cricketers and he has certainly gone on to prove that right.
“I wish him all the best for the early stages of his career.”