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Full name James William Arthur Taylor
Born January 6, 1990, Nottingham
Current age 24 years 104 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Height 5 ft 6 in
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Leeds, Aug 2-6, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at Lord's, Aug 16-20, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Dublin, Aug 25, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Ireland v England at Dublin, Sep 3, 2013 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Worcestershire v Leicestershire at Worcester, Apr 23-26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord's, Apr 13-16, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Leicestershire v Essex at Leicester, Jul 20, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire at Lord's, Sep 21, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Jun 22, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Essex at Nottingham, Aug 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|62, 33||Notts||v Middlesex||Lord's||13 Apr 2014||FC|
|14, 2||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Colombo (RPS)||26 Feb 2014||FC|
|242*||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Dambulla||19 Feb 2014||FC|
|70, 15||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Pallekele||12 Feb 2014||FC|
|47, 4*||Eng Lions||v SL-A Emerg||Colombo (Colts)||6 Feb 2014||FC|
|4, 61||Eng Lions||v SL-A Emerg||Colombo (RPS)||1 Feb 2014||FC|
|0, 55||Notts||v Somerset||Nottingham||24 Sep 2013||FC|
|22||Notts||v Glamorgan||Lord's||21 Sep 2013||LA|
|6, 12||Notts||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||17 Sep 2013||FC|
|9||Notts||v Middlesex||Lord's||11 Sep 2013||FC|
James Taylor has been earmarked for a bright future from a young age. A short batsman - Chanderpaul-like in physique - he has adapted to the professional game with impressive results, scoring heavily first at Leicestershire and then after moving to Nottinghamshire. England, though, have taken a while to be convinced, either concerned about his stature or a strong leg-side game that occasionally exposes him defensively.
Taylor represented England Under-19s, including at the 2008 World Cup, having progressed from Minor Counties cricket with Shropshire on his route to Leicestershire via the Worcestershire academy and second XI.
A prolific 2009 season earned him the Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year award and two more consistent season, especially in the one-day game, saw him move swiftly through the England Lions.
Although it took him until August of that campaign to make his first Championship hundred of the season, a week before the England squad was named he'd made two centuries in three games while captaining the Lions against Sri Lanka. It was enough to earn him a place in the full squad to face Ireland.
Taylor scored 3,689 runs in 53 first-class matches for Leicestershire, at an average of 49.18, but was advised he needed to play First Division cricket to advance his career and moved to Nottinghamshire at the end of the 2011 season. It was a calculated risk as he was aware that Trent Bridge, one of the toughest examinations for a batsman in England, would put his technique under pressure. He marked his first-class debut with a first-ball duck and an unbeaten century against Loughborough MCCU.
Taylor played Test cricket for the first time in 2012, making his debut in the second Test against South Africa after Ravi Bopara withdrew for 'personal reasons'. He made 34 in a 147-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen that helped secure a draw for England in a match that turned to uproar when Pietersen was punished for sending derisive text messages to South Africa players about England's captain Andrew Strauss.
Taylor retained his place for the third Test in that series but it was hardly the easiest time to make an impact and he was not picked for the Test squad to tour India. Illogical selection policies concerning England's performance squad - he was surprisingly omitted then added at a later date - caused further raised eyebrows. He was overlooked, too, for the 2013-14 Ashes tour, but Australia's 5-0 whitewash quickened up the break-up of an experienced England side and left him well placed to push his claims once more.
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