James Taylor smashed 204 not out off 358 deliveries to draw the match for Nottinghamshire. 

With Sussex batting first and making a mammoth 506-5 in the first innings - Ed Joyce having a great knock of 204 not out off just 239 - Nottinghamshire had to try and survive a day and a half of the Sussex bowling attack. 

Chris Jordan took 5-130 to help them on their way but the other bowlers didn't give him much help. The draw has left Sussex in second on 117, eight points behind leaders Yorkshire after nine games. Nottinghamshire are in fifth on 88 points. 

Taylor, 23 has been in fine form this season for Notts, especially in the YB40 and many pundits were wondering why England hadn't given him any thought for a call-up. 

Taylor has played two Tests for England but had a poor average of just 16, although many members of the squad suffered a poor series against world number one Test team South Africa.

After his performances in the first two tests he was dropped and replacement Jonny Bairstow made 90 in the next test. This albeit ended Taylor's chance of gaining back his place quickly and he was soon back playing for Nottinghamshire.

Taylor is still young and good form could still give him a chance to get his place back in the team and the selectors must be thinking about his performances and whether he deserves another chance. 

The only problem is there is no place in the team for another batsman, with Joe Root performing well in the middle-order it has led to him being given an opening spot alongside skipper Alistair Cook. 

Jonathan Trott has been a solid performer for England in recent years and there is no questioning Kevin Pietersen's batting ability. Ian Bell has also got some runs recently for England and Jonny Bairstow has been in rich batting form. 

This leaves no room for Taylor and if the other players don't perform to the high standards required Taylor will be ready to pounce.


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