Shrewsbury School

Cricket: Old Salopian James Taylor selected to play for England

Friday 26 September 2014

James Taylor (R 2003-08) has been named in the England one-day squad for their forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The squad will depart for the seven-match ODI series against Sri Lanka on 16th November.

James, who has been run-scoring prolifically for Nottinghamshire, particularly in limited-overs cricket, made two Test appearances for England against South Africa in August 2012. He is included in the England one-day squad for the first time since their ODI victory over Ireland in September 2013. National selector James Whitaker said, "Congratulations to James Taylor who has been rewarded for his outstanding form for Nottinghamshire this season and fully deserves another opportunity in the international arena.”

In an interview for the Nottinghamshire CCC website, James said, “There’s lots to play for this winter with a big tour to Sri Lanka followed by the World Cup and it’s every cricketer’s dream to be involved in that. Since I lost my place in the England side my primary aim has been to re-establish myself in international cricket, so I am delighted to have been included. I was told to rack up the runs in county cricket and to deliver more match-winning performances and I’ve had a pretty good year doing that with Nottinghamshire.

“I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been a bit frustrated, particularly in one-day cricket,” he confesses. “I’ve scored some crucial runs during a period that Notts have become established as one of the strongest limited overs sides and I’m thankful that it has paid off. There is so much talent in the England setup and some very exciting young guys and I am confident that the side will be there or thereabouts when it comes to the World Cup. There’s a long way to go and I’m just focused on making the most of this opportunity.”

Shrewsbury's Teacher in Charge of Cricket, Andy Barnard, said, "We are absolutely delighted with the news. Jimmy has worked incredibly hard and thoroughly deserves his selection, which has been long overdue."

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