James Taylor furthers England ODI chances

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Nottinghamshire's James Taylor has continued his fantastic one-day form and must now surely be knocking on the England selectors door for the forthcoming ODIs scheduled between now and the World Cup next year.

Taylor has reminded the selectors that he could be a great addition to the England World Cup squad for the tournament next February and March.

Fine form 

His most recent innings, a fantastic 146 from 155 balls against Derbyshire in the Royal London quarter-final, was one of the best one-day innings you could wish to see. It was also the highest score by a Notts player against Derbyshire in a one-day game.

When Taylor arrived at the crease Notts were under pressure having lost two early wickets but he, supported by another England wannabe Samit Patel, dug deep to negotiate a tricky situation for the home side. Once settled he then manoeuvred the ball around the field without taking chances against the spinning ball and then towards the end of his innings expanded his game and struck the ball beautifully as he made the Derbyshire bowlers pay for any lapses in accuracy.

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His innings against Middlesex, just two weeks earlier, was altogether different. In a must win game for Notts at Lords the diminutive Taylor smashed an unbeaten 100 from just 55 balls to guide Nottinghamshire to a record 368-2, the highest team score in any one-day innings at Lords.

Some critics may say that Taylor cannot clear the boundaries enough but his innings against Middlesex contradicts that argument as he struck a record seven sixes, a record for sixes in a single innings in a One-Day Cup.

The fact that Taylor is so small is not necessarily a weakness. Bowlers have to adjust their length to him otherwise he will punish you with an array of shots all around the wicket. He is also very quick between the wickets and added to that his intelligence as a cricketer he is a dangerous player for any opposition.

No stranger 

Taylor is not a stranger to international cricket and has already played two Test matches for England but it appears his next chance in an England shirt is more likely to be in the shorter format of the game.

Club team-mate Alex Hales has now been called up to the ODI side and it must surely be time for Taylor to follow him into the international set-up. There appears little excuse not to pick Taylor now especially with the numerous amount of one-day cricket being played between now and the World Cup.

Taylor, if picked for these games, will have sufficient time to prove whether he is worthy of selection in England's World Cup squad.


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