'Claire has been a tremendous help' - Sarah Taylor
England's Sarah Tayor, the youngest player in the history of women's cricket to score 1,000 one-day runs, has said she learnt much from team-mate Claire Taylor, ranked the No. 1 batsman in the new ICC rankings for women's one-day cricket.
"Personally the one thing I really learnt from her is to bat in gears. She is one of these players that writes messages on her arms to get her through an innings and she always used to write 'gears' on her arm," said Sarah, 19. "At first I was a bit naïve to and I went out and played how I wanted and hoped it would pay off.
"Learning from Claire and Charlotte Edwards, people who I always wanted to play with when I was younger as they are your idols, I understood what gears was, so you start in off in first gear and work your way through. She has been a tremendous help and always give me a few words of advice."
Sarah admitted making the No. 4 spot in the new ICC rankings, launched in Mumbai on Thursday, was a surprise. "It was only from an interview in a match this summer where somebody asked about the ICC rankings and somebody said that I would be involved in it that I had an idea that I would be anywhere close," she said. "I had no idea I was going to be in the top five - I thought I would be somewhere near the bottom.
"I was really shocked when I turned on the computer this morning. I will be checking it more often now. The competition is there now and if you know somebody is higher you want to try and beat them."
Sarah also hoped to reach the top spot at some point. "I just hope to continue the way I am playing and more records will be broken," she said.
England will train in Bangalore in November in preparation for the ICC Women's World Cup in March. "If we can prove to people how hard we work and what a team we are, to say we are World Cup winners in Australia - that would be fantastic as well," said Sarah.