West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor retires from Test cricket

231013Jerome Taylor, the West Indies fast bowler, has retired from Test cricket, according to the WICB. Taylor, who took 130 wickets in 46 Tests over 13 years, will continue to be available for selection in the ODI and T20 formats.

Taylor, 32, played his last Test in Sydney at the start of the year and was left out of the squad to play India after giving “formal notification” of his decision to retire, the board said in a release.

Rapid and with a natural outswinger, Taylor made his international debut as an 18-year-old against Sri Lanka in 2003, having impressed in domestic cricket for Jamaica. Injuries prevented him reaching his full potential, however, and he spent almost five years out of the Test side between 2009 and 2014.

His finest hour came on his home ground, when he took 5 for 11 to help dismiss England for 51 on the way to an innings victory in 2009. His best innings figures – 6 for 47 against Australia in 2015 – and match haul – 9 for 95 against India in 2006 – also came at at Sabina Park. He was dangerous enough as a batsman to thrash a hundred from No. 10 against New Zealand in 2008.

Despite injury problems that at one point meant he played two domestic T20s in a 32-month period, Taylor returned to good effect in 2014, playing another 17 Tests. He took six wickets against England in Barbados last year to help West Indies win the match and secure a 1-1 draw.

That was his last involvement in a Test victory, however, and after taking two wickets in three Tests against Australia on West Indies’ 2015-16 tour, he has decided to focus on limited-overs cricket. (Courtesy ESPN Cricinfo)