Taylor harbours England ambitions

Thu, 22 Dec 16:04:20 2011

James Taylor has told England's selectors he will bat anywhere if it means he can crack a place in their all-star batting line-up.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the most promising young batsman in domestic ranks in recent seasons, before earning his one-day international debut against Ireland in August. That match, however, remains his sole appearance in England colours as his international aspirations have been put on hold by one of the best batting units in the world.

Taylor, who completed his protracted move from Leicestershire to Nottinghamshire earlier this month, said: "It's a new challenge for me, it's a new start for my career. Playing for England was a little factor in my move to Notts. There's no doubt that if I can show that I can prosper in the First Division and progress as a batsman, then that will help my England chances."

He added: "I will now be up against the best bowlers in the country. I want to show the England selectors that I can score runs consistently against the best.

"I've told the England selectors that I will be willing to bat anywhere if called upon.

"I think I have got that versatility where I can bat at the top of the order right down to the lower middle order where you might need someone to score off the spin in the middle overs.

"If I get my chance, I will bat anywhere for England."

Despite his international ambitions, Taylor is aware that any England call will not be forthcoming should he fail to impress with his new county.

"The most important thing for me at the moment, though, is not to focus on England. I think you can get distracted by that," he added.

"It's important I don't do that because I know it is easy to get carried away with the England thing. I just have to work on making runs for Notts. They've given me this opportunity."


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