Had a discussion with a couple of people the other day about where you'd lump Ross Taylor in as a test cricketer, not so much as right now but over his whole career. I brought up the fact that he had a similar career record to Kevin Pietersen, albeit with half the games played. Now Pietersen is/was a better player but I don't think he's a million miles away like these people seemed to think he was.
As it was I wasn't too fussed but to hear that apparently he wasn't even fit to tie Ian Bell's shoes, jesus. It's just the opinion of a couple of people but even on CW Taylor seems to be criminally underrated. I mean the other day I was browsing through a thread and Williamson, not Taylor was brought up as being one of the class middle order bats running around at present. I might joke about it but that's still a long way from happening, again though it just shows how little he's looked at.
His career record isn't outstanding, it's really good but not top echelon obvs. But considering he's just turned 30, and for the best part of his first four years literally had nothing around him. Vettori down at eight and the odd game with Ryder, that was about it. He was the MAN from the get go, with a bunch of scrubs joining him every seven overs of so.