Taylor, Walters inducted into Hall of Fame
Feb 06, 2011
Former Australian captain Mark Taylor and middle-order batsman Doug Walters will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the 2011 Allan Border Medal tomorrow night.
The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame was first proposed by the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1995 and is on display in the National Sports Museum at the MCG.
With the support of Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria, the Hall of Fame was officially opened in 1996.
Ten players were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, and a further 24 have been welcomed since.
“Mark Taylor and Doug Walters both originated from country New South Wales and, in their own distinctive way, have each had an enormous impact on Australian cricket,” said selection panel chairman and MCC vice-president, Bob Lloyd.
“Both have outstanding playing records, Mark as an opening batsman, brilliant slips fieldsman and one of Australia's greatest captains and Doug as an exciting batsman who had a knack of breaking partnerships with his medium pacers.”
Find out more about the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, including the selection criteria and a list of the 34 inductees.
Left-hand opening batsman
104 Tests (1989-1999)
113 ODI matches (1989-1997)
7525 Test runs at 43.49 (19 centuries)
3514 ODI runs at 32.23 (one century)
A highly dependable opening batsman and brilliant slip fieldsman, Mark Taylor was also one of Australia's finest Test captains.
His greatest attributes were his concentration, courage and remarkable reflexes which enabled him to hold some astonishing catches.
In his first Ashes series in 1989, Taylor amassed an impressive 839 runs in six Tests. Taking over the captaincy in 1994, his calm authority and tactical astuteness made him an outstanding leader, the highlight coming in 1995 when Australia won a series against the West Indies for the first time in nearly 20 years.
With his position on the line after a miserable run of outs, Taylor responded with a century in the opening Test of the 1997 Ashes series in England. He later equalled Bradman’s record Test score of 334 against Pakistan at Peshawar in 1998.
Right-hand middle order batsman b. 1945
Right-arm medium bowler
60 Tests (1965-1981) 28 ODI (1971-1981)
5357 Test runs at 48.26 (15 centuries)
49 Test wickets at 29.08)
513 ODI runs at 28.50 (one century)
One of the most popular cricketers of his generation, Doug Walters became something of a cult figure through his nonchalant manner, disdain for practice and liking for beer and cigarettes.
He was a natural strokemaker and an effective medium pacer who frequently broke partnerships with gentle but deceptive outswingers.
Walters made a brilliant start to his Test career in 1965/66, scoring hundreds in his first two Tests against England. Against the West Indies in 1968/69 he made 699 runs at 116.50 and became the first player to make a double century and a century in the same Test.
His most memorable hundred was against England at Perth in 1974/75, when he scored 100 runs in the final session of the second day, reaching his century by hooking the last ball of the day for six.