Brendan Taylor, the recently retired Zimbabwean captain, is off to a great start with Nottinghamshire knocking in 105 runs off 111 balls in his debut. Taylor’s century was in the first-class friendly against Loughborough MCCU earlier on Thursday, a warmup ahead of Notts first County Championship match against Middlesex this weekend. The man from Harare who signed a three year deal with Nottinghamshire last month tallied up the hundred by knocking in 17 boundaries in total, including 15 fours and two sixes.
Taylor is an excellent player and one only has to go back to his final ODI with Zimbabwe during the World Cup where he scored 138 from 110 balls against India to know that. He never did feature for Sunrisers Hyderabad during IPL 7 so it is great to see him not only contributing to his new team but doing so on his debut. While there is quite a bit of chatter out there about Taylor potentially playing for England some day, it seems foolish to bank on that. Taylor has been a very loyal servant to Zimbabwe cricket over the years and it seems more likely that he will come out of retirement in four years time to pull on the red shirt again for his home country.
Nottinghamshire should be an exciting club to watch this year especially with fellow African Vernon Philander in the side. Notts take on Middlesex at Lord’s this Sunday in the County Championship’s opening match.