It feels great to be a dad: Taylor

HARARE - September has been a great month for Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor who celebrated the birth of his first son, Mason and the country’s Test victory over Pakistan.

The 27-year-old was a surprise exclusion from the first Test squad on September 3 at Harare Sports Club.

PROUD FATHER: Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor bathes his son Mason recently.

Instead Taylor had taken paternity leave to join his partner Kelly Anne Readings, who was in labour at the Avenues Clinic in the capital.

Zimbabwe went on to lose lost the first Test by 221 runs as the side suffered a second innings crumble to give the tourists a 1-0 lead in the series.

Zimbabwe had been in a good position for the better part of that match before Younis khan went on to score an unbeaten 200 in Pakistan’s second innings that stretched the game beyond Zimbabwe’s reach.

While the rest of the nation and was still searching for answers on how Zimbabwe had lost the match it was a different story for Taylor, who was still over the moon after Mason’s birth.

“I think you can’t compare the birth of your child, I mean there’s more to life than cricket,” Taylor told the Daily News on Sunday.

“As disappointed as I am not being part of the Test match, the feeling of welcoming our son into this world is an overwhelming experience of joy and happiness.

“I’m fortunate to play a game that I love and it’s been a special two weeks having my son home with me now and winning with the team is extra special.”

Taylor made his presence felt in the historic Test win in the second match, scoring a half century in the first innings before going on to score another 27 runs in the second.

His performances against Pakistan saw him moving 15 places up the ladder on the ICC Test player rankings.

The Zimbabwe captain is now ranked 25th in the world, his career best ranking in his 19-match Test stint.

Taylor has four tons and six half centuries to his name in those matches.

Another big mover on the ICC rankings was opening batsman, Hamilton Masakadza, who climbed 40 places up to number 66.

Masakadza had vitals knocks for Zimbabwe as he scored 75 and 44 runs in the second Test match victory.

The win, however, was born out of the heroics of seam bowlers, Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori, who both finished with figures of 6-105 and 6-130 respectively.

Taylor was pleased with the team’s response despite losing a number of key players on the eve of the series.

Kyle Jarvis, who was Zimbabwe’s premier strike bowler, quit international cricket to pursue a career in County cricket.

“Generally over the last couple of years Zimbabwe cricket has lost a couple of players and it’s fantastic to see everyone chipping in,” added Taylor.

“We have a good crop of young fast bowlers and I think we are in a good place now. We levelled the series, we beat a quality team and there’s always room for improvement if we can string some good performances together and keep growing as a team.”

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