Brendan Taylor asserted himself among the country’s leading batsman with a 10th one day international century in Zimbabwe’s 4 wicket loss against the West Indies on Monday (yesterday).

Taylor has had an impressive world cup qualifier tournament with a knock of 138 runs against the Windies steering him to his 10th ODI century.

The century against the Windies was the second for Taylor in qualifiers after scoring another in Zimbabwe’s win over Nepal in the pool stages of the competition.

At an average of 35 runs, Taylor has established himself as a top player for the Chevrons.

Despite helping Zimbabwe to 289 on Monday,Taylor was modest after a milestone of 10 centuries.

According to statistics no other Zimbabwean batsman has scored 10 centuries with Taylor being the first player to do so.

Analysts may argue that the calibre of opposition has enhanced Taylor’s ability to reach 10 ODI hundreds but strokes exhibited against the West Indies underlined Taylor’s skill with the bat.

During his time with Zimbabwe Andy Flower managed 4 hundreds in 213 matches, Hamilton Masakadza has 5 centuries in 192 matches with Neil Johnson scoring 4 hundreds in only 48 ODI’s.

Zimbabwe play the United Arab Emirates on Thursday in a must win encounter and key to Zimbabwe’s hopes will be another top performance by Taylor.