Date of birth – 6 January 1990 Nottingham
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 1 Apr 2012 v Loughborough MCCU (h)
James Taylor joined Nottinghamshire ahead of the 2012 season and wrote his name into the county’s record books by scoring a century in the second innings of his debut match against Loughborough MCCU.
The former Leicestershire batsmen enjoyed more success in white ball cricket than the first class game last year, so it was something of a surprise when he was summoned to make his Test match debut against South Africa at Headingley last summer.
The 5’5” right-handed batsman made his debut for Leicestershire in 2008 and scored maiden centuries in both 4-day and one-day cricket a year later. The same season also resulted in him becoming the youngest player for the Grace Road side to score 1,000 runs in a season and also the youngest to register a double century after an innings of 207 not out against Surrey.
His final season with the Foxes ended in triumph, with him collecting a winner’s medal after his side’s success in the Friends Provident Twenty20 and then appearances in the Champions League in India.
A former England Under-19 international, James has appeared regularly for the England Lions since 2010 and led the tour to Australia in February of this year.
James goals for 2013 will include a consistent season of run-scoring in Division One plus further exposure on the international scene.