|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
Full name James William Arthur Taylor
Born January 6, 1990, Nottingham
Current age 24 years 226 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||Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire at Northampton, Aug 15-18, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Leicestershire v Essex at Leicester, Jul 20, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord's, Aug 14, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Jun 22, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Nottinghamshire v Hampshire at Nottingham, Aug 3, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4, 37||Notts||v Northants||Northampton||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|100*||Notts||v Middlesex||Lord's||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|1||Eng Lions||v NZ A||Worcester||12 Aug 2014||LA|
|103*||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Worcester||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|7||Eng Lions||v NZ A||Bristol||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|31||Eng Lions||v Sri Lanka A||Taunton||6 Aug 2014||LA|
|-||Notts||v Hampshire||Nottingham||3 Aug 2014||T20|
|0||Notts||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||30 Jul 2014||LA|
|9||Notts||v Somerset||Nottingham||29 Jul 2014||LA|
|13||Notts||v Sussex||Horsham||27 Jul 2014||LA|
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.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2009
Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketers of the Year 2009
A gutting loss to England, after leading the series 1-0, has thrown up some glaring inadequacies in the Indian team but there is little being said or done in terms of improvement
His rapid improvement with the ball has been integral to England coming from behind to lead the series - but that is just one area where Moeen Ali continues to impress
On the eve of Mahela Jayawardene's final Test, his team-mate, best friend and fellow batting superstar Kumar Sangakkara speaks about what made him, and them, tick
After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways
For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset
His decisions in the England series have seemed to confirm that he does not care too much for the Test game. Maybe he should be concentrating on the World Cup
With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests