His initial selection for Australia in 1986-1987 after only a handful of games for NSW was a huge shock. It was initially thought that his more known New South Wales colleague Mark Taylor was selected. He was dubbed Peter Who? by the media. He justified his selectors with a stunning 6/78 on debut against England at Sydney. He however was unable to repeat such a feat again in his test career (12 more matches between 1987 and 1992).
However Taylor became the staple spin-bowler of the Australian One Day team of the late 1980's and early 1990's. He was able to bowl his off-spin with economy and pick up vital wickets in matches. He was also a good fielder and an able lower order batsman. He played 83 times taking 97 wickets between 1987 and 1992, appearing in both the 1987 and the 1992 World Cups.
He became a test match selector for Australia in the late 1990's.