Taylor, Walters to be included in Hall of Fame

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Melbourne, Feb 6 (PTI) Former captain Mark Taylor andmiddle-order batsman Doug Walters are set to join the elitegroup of cricketing greats as they will be inducted into theAustralian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medalnight here tomorrow.

The 46-year-old Taylor, who captained Australia in 50Tests for 26 victories, and the middle-order star of the1970s, Walters, will be the 33rd and 34th men added to thegroup, which began in 1996 with 10 inductees, the ''AustralianAssociated Press'' reported.

"This year''s inductees are two Australian cricketingicons who both originated from country New South Wales and whoin their own distinctive way, have had an enormous impact onAustralian cricket," Bob Lloyd, the chairman of the selectionpanel, said.

"Both have outstanding playing records; Mark with over7500 runs as an opening batsman, brilliant slips fieldsman andone of Australia''s greatest captains and Doug as an excitingand entertaining batsman who averaged 48.26 over his 74Tests," added Llyod.

Taylor, now a noted television commentator, captainedAustralia from 1994 to 1999 as his team built a formidablerecord as the world''s No 1 cricket nation.

Taylor played 104 Tests for Australia, scoring 7,525 runsat an average of 43.49 with 19 centuries. He made his Testdebut against the West Indies at Sydney in January, 1989.

Walters played 74 Tests, including his debut againstEngland at Brisbane in December, 1965, and scored 15 centuriesin his career.

Past inductees included legends like Donald Bradman,Dennis Lillee, Allan Border and Steve Waugh.

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