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Former NZ New Zealand record-holding cricketer Bruce Taylor dies


The only cricketer to score a century and take a five-for on Test debut, Taylor died aged 77, on Saturday morning

Bruce Taylor, the former New Zealand allrounder, who remains the only cricketer to score a century and take a five-for on Test debut, died aged 77 on Saturday morning.

According to, Taylor “had suffered from ill health” and “had a leg amputated in March 2016 to fight gangrene”. New Zealand Cricket confirmed his passing on Twitter.

In an international career spanning a little over eight years – March 1965 to July 1973 – Taylor made 32 appearances for New Zealand. Thirty of those were in Tests, where he scored 898 runs at an average of 20.40 and took 111 wickets at an average of 26.60, with a career-best 7 for 74 against the West Indies in 1972. In his two ODIs, both against the Ray Illingworth-led England, on the away-from-home series in July 1973, he took four wickets across two innings and scored making 22 off 42 balls at No. 8 in his sole knock.

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