Batsman James Taylor has pressed his claim for a place in the England starting XI for the third Ashes Test beginning at Old Trafford on Thursday, by scoring an unbeaten 100 against Australia.

The 23-year-old Nottinghamshire right-hander who has been in prolific form this season in the domestic league, has earned a recall to the England side as cover for the injured Kevin Pietersen. 

He was included as a guest to play for Sussex in the three-day match against Australia, by the England and Wales Cricket Board, and Taylor made full use of this opportunity by scoring an unbeaten 121 to justify his place in the England starting line-up.

Selector Geoff Miller considers Taylor to be an adequate replacement for Pietersen, who is suffering from a calf injury.

He said: "Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and he will be assessed by the medical team closer to the start of the Test, and we have therefore included an extra batsman in James Taylor who has been in good form for Nottinghamshire this season."

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash who coached Taylor with the England Lions also expressed his confidence in Taylor.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme: "He's been very consistent and he merits his selection.

"Jamie's a very good player. He's small in stature and people have questioned whether he has the ability to play at Test level but there have been other great players in the past who have had smaller stature but he can do that and he's still only 23.

"He had that experience last summer and he'll be really hungry to get in there and make an impression."

Taylor played two tests for England last summer against South Africa and was eventually replaced by Joe Root.


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