Taylor praises England character

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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James Taylor believes England passed a big test of character by seeing off India in a low-scoring clash at the WACA.

England set up a Tri-Series final against Australia with a three-wicket win but did not make life easy on themselves, collapsing to 66 for five in pursuit of 201.

Taylor’s dogged 82 helped stabilise the ship, with Jos Buttler contributing an impressive 67 as the pair shared the only century stand of the game.

Neither man was able to see the job through but their work was critical as England crossed the line 19 balls early.

They will need a more complete performance to challenge Australia for the trophy on Sunday, but Taylor sees the battling manner of their success as proof of the side’s mettle.

“In a perfect world it wouldn’t have got that tight. Sixty for five isn’t ideal but we showed some real character,” he said.

“It’s a great result for us. We definitely didn’t play our best cricket with the bat but in a tough situation we showed the character to get through it and win the game.”

Taylor’s knock was predominantly a triumph of will power, with the number three hitting just four boundaries and scrapping hard for everything else.

It was not an innings to leave the purists purring but Taylor was proud to have made tough runs on a tricky pitch.

“I’m delighted to make a score in a pressure situation, that’s what I pride myself on – finishing games and winning games,” he said.

“The way I was playing until 60-odd for five…I was struggling myself.

“But I managed to get through that and work the ball around.

“I know my game extremely well now. I wasn’t playing my best cricket but I did a job and that’s what I do.

“It’s not the prettiest but I like to think it’s effective a lot of the time.”

Buttler’s role cannot be underestimated either.

He played a different hand to Taylor’s, scoring at close to a run-per-ball and finding the boundary seven times.

It was a combination India struggled to deal with and one Taylor relished taking part in.

“We complimented each other nicely; I plink the ball everywhere and run them ragged and Jos times the ball nicely to the boundary,” he added.

“As soon as Jos came in he took the pressure off me, he played his natural game and struck the ball as well as anybody.

“He stuck his hand up and won the game for us. That’s what we need people to do, stick their hands up and win games for England.”

While England are gearing up for another crack at Australia after two unsuccessful attempts in this series, India are planning to take a break from cricket for a number of days.

Their long, winless tour of duty Down Under is not yet finished, with the small matter of a World Cup still to go, but after 10 matches without success since arriving, there is at least a window to gather their thoughts.

”This will be a much-needed break and it will important for the guys to not think about cricket, lock their kit bags and be away from it,” captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

“Not only me. Everybody. Lock the kitbag, keep it somewhere you don’t even want to see it. Completely switch off from cricket.

“It is a long tour for us, if you include the World Cup, so it’s good that in the next five to 10 days we can break off and turn around a completely new side with fresh minds.

“It won’t be handled on the cricket field because I feel a break is more important than coming back and doing some practice.”

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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