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James Taylor likely to wear England Test cap – 2nd Test vs. South Africa

Zia Rana July 29, 2012

The upcoming promising middle order batsman of Nottinghamshire, James Taylor, has been summoned by the England selectors for the 2nd Test vs. South Africa.

England suffered a blow after losing the first Test against the visiting South Africa by a huge margin of an innings and 12 runs. The home team was beaten all ends up in all departments of the game and their no.1 position in Test cricket is in jeopardy against the strong contenders, South Africa.

The first Test was played on July 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2012, at Kennington Oval, London. Ravi Bopara was included in the side after his all-round sterling performance in the One Day International series against the visiting Australia in June-July, 2012, that was won by the home side with a margin of 4-0.

James Taylor - Strong contender for the England Test cap

James Taylor – Strong contender for the England Test cap

Bopara was the second highest scorer in the series from either sides by scoring 182 runs at an outstanding average of 91.00, the best of 82 with a couple of fifties. He secured 4 wickets averaging just 14.25 runs per wicket with the best of 2 for 8 runs.

The 27-year-old played his last Test against India in August 2011 and was given a chance in the first Test vs. South Africa but he could not fulfil the promise and managed 0 and 24 runs in the two innings he played.

The selection committee of England has made one change in their line up for the second Test against South Africa due to be played from August 2, 2012, at Headingly, Leeds. The young middle order batsman of Nottinghamshire has been included in the side and will replace Ravi Bopara.

Bopara has been side lined due to personal reasons and Geoff Miller, the national selector of England, described the change by saying,

“We have made one change to the squad with James Taylor replacing Ravi Bopara, who is unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. James has been part of the England Performance Programme for a number of years and has performed consistently for England Lions and now has an opportunity to step up and experience the Test environment.”

James William Arthur Taylor

Taylor was born on January 6, 1990, in Nottingham, a right hand batsman and a leg break bowler. He has played for Nottinghamshire, England, England Under-19s, Worcestershire, England Lions, Shropshire and Leicestershire.

He has been a consistent performer on the domestic scene and a composed batsman who has the courage to play against different types of bowling with positive results. He has represented England in One Day International on August 25, 2011, against Ireland.

The 22-year-old has played 74 first class matches, scored 5081 runs at an average of 48.39 runs, the best of 237 with 12 centuries and 24 fifties. He has been knocking the doors of Test Cricket since long and believes that the experience gained after representing Nottinghamshire will assist him in performing well for the national side. Taylor was pleased with his inclusion in the England squad and commented,

“My ultimate ambition has always been to play Test cricket and my plan at the start of the season was to try to establish myself here and win games for Nottinghamshire, to keep knocking at the door and hope that when an opportunity did arise with England I would have enough runs behind me that they couldn’t not pick me.”

Squad

Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, James Taylor, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Graham Onions.

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