Hampshire Cricket History

Brad Taylor
January 31, 2021, 11:01 am
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Bradley Jacob (‘Brad’) Taylor (521) born Winchester 14.3.1997.

Squad number 93

Brad Taylor is an off-break bowling all-rounder who played for Hampshire’s age group sides, and, from 2013 age 16, Hampshire 2nd XI. In August 2013, he made his debut for the county in Championship and limited-overs matches, and in the former, he took 4-64 v Lancashire at Old Trafford, still his best figures. In the following year, he made his T20 debut; in all three formats setting the record as Hampshire’s youngest debutant. In 2014 & 2015 he played for England under-19s in all formats, but despite his early county debuts, he has struggled with various injuries since, although he played in the first seven Royal London Cup matches in 2018, scoring two half-centuries to which he added the team’s best economy rate of under five runs per over. In 2019 he played in one limited-overs match, a number of 2nd XI games and captained the Hampshire Academy side, but from mid-July onwards he appeared only in two T20 games. He played no Hampshire cricket of any kind in 2020.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 6 matches; 133 runs at 19.00; HS: 36 v Cardiff MCCU (Southampton) 2016. 13 wickets, BB 4-64 v Lancashire (Southport) 2013

List A: 18 matches; 355 runs; HS 69 v CC&C (Bridgetown) 2017/18. 15 wickets at 44.06; BB 4-26 v CC & C 2017/18 

T20: 8 matches; 23 runs at 7.66; HS 9* v Essex (Southampton) 2016. 4 wickets @32.00; BB 2-20 v Glamorgan (Southampton) 2016

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There appears to be a common theme running through many of the young players of recent years who came through the ‘system’ but who never established themselves, and that theme appears to relate to injuries. So many appear to be destined to spend much of the careers on the injury list e.g. Taylor ‘struggled with many injuries’. I wonder if the club have investigated this syndrome.which appears to be ruining many a career.

Comment by Peter Jeffs

I think that’s right Peter although it seems widespread beyond Hampshire among the current generation, pace bowlers especially – Mark Wood, Oillie Stone, Tymal Mills, Toby Roland-Jones, Reece Topley etc. It may be partly the switching between formats, partly the fielding pressures, maybe 12-month contracts/cricket, but also perhaps too much obsession with a general physical fitness as opposed to being ‘cricket fit’ by playing (think ‘Shack’ of course!). Perhaps too ‘kids’ are less naturally fit & strong these days because of lifestyle changes. For example, I live round the corner from my old school where you can’t park between 3-4pm for parents collecting their kids. Nobody ever drove me to school (bike mostly) but I don’t recall anyone else being picked up either.

Comment by pompeypop

I think also that nowadays the monitoring of fitness is so much better (not always a good thing in my opinion) that the moment a problem is spotted the player stops playing whereas in the past you just got on with it and played through many minor injuries.

Comment by James

I think you’re right James – I remember years ago talking to Butch White whose size, frame and bowling style suggests today he might be an ‘injury’ candidate. Yet he rarely was except when coming back from the MCC tour of 1961/2. His answer? If you didn’t play you missed out on appearance money and might lose your place, so you played.

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