Size doesn’t matter – Taylor

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Published: Monday 8th December 2014 by The News Editor

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James Taylor is determined to carry on proving he is up to the job for England – despite the doubts of some who once believed his diminutive stature might hold him back.

Taylor hit 90 in England’s one-day international defeat against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium, including two wristy sixes.

Contrary to the suggestions of some observers – including former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, in his controversial autobiography – it was further demonstration that the 24-year-old lacks none of the power required for limited-overs international cricket.

Taylor has proved many times over he can dominate, and hit big, for his counties Leicestershire and now Nottinghamshire – yet he has had to wait longer than most for a chance to do so too for England.

“I’d like to think I’m not the smallest ever guy to play cricket,” he said.

“I don’t believe size matters. I can pack a decent punch for my size – and, as long as you can hit the ball over the rope, it doesn’t matter what size you are.”

Taylor had mixed feelings about his first England chance for 15 months, and only his third ODI cap – after his runs failed to underpin success, the tourists losing by six wickets on Sunday and falling 3-1 behind here with three to play.

“I’ve waited a year and a half since the last time I played for England.

“In my first game for a while in an England shirt, I was delighted to score a few… in what could have been a one-off opportunity for me.

“But, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for the team’s cause.

“It was bitterly disappointing to get so close in the end, but I reckon we were probably 20 to 30 runs short.”

Nonetheless, he has made a fine case to remain in the reckoning for the remainder of this series – even with Alastair Cook set to return above him at the top of the order after his over-rate ban – and to stake a significant claim for inclusion too when England name their World Cup squad later this month.

“That’s been my ultimate dream for the last few years – to get into that World Cup squad,” he said.

“I hope I get another go (here)… and can put in another couple of decent performances to get me on that plane.

“I’m really not sure when my next opportunity comes.

“If I get another go in the next game, it’s up to me to take it again – and hope we can post a total the team can defend to get back to winning ways.”

Published: Monday 8th December 2014 by The News Editor

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