Taylor Can Cope With
Weight Of Expectation
Comment and Analysis | 23rd December 2011
James Taylor is confident he can cope with the weight of expectation for him to score big runs next summer following his move to Nottinghamshire.
The 21-year-old Nottingham-born batsman has signed a three-year deal at Trent Bridge after leaving Leicestershire, where he forced his way into England contention.
Right-hander Taylor will be expected to significantly strengthen a green and golds batting line-up that struggled in County Championship cricket for much of last season.
Only Alex Hales passed the 1,000-run mark, which was a telling reason why Nottinghamshire finished sixth in the Division One table.
The pressure will be on the youngster to improve the run output, especially as the club are not guaranteed to sign an overseas star for the four-day game.
But Taylor, who flies out early in the New Year to captain England Lions on their Tour of Bangladesh, is ready to embrace that challenge.
He looks on it as the ideal way to push his case for further international honours, having already represented his country in the one-day side.
"I'm sure there will be a step up from Division Two to Division One because now I will be facing the best bowlers in the country every week," said Taylor.
"If Notts don't sign an overseas player I have to take that as a massive compliment and I know there will be added responsibility and pressure on me to score runs.
"But I don't mind that and I am ready for the challenge.
"If I want to get in the minds of the England selectors I have to do it through weight of runs.
"It should be an exciting batting line-up to be part if and I believe we can be successful and win trophies.
"It's got a reputation of doing a bit at Trent Bridge off the wicket and in the air, but that doesn't bother me.
"If you can get runs in those circumstances, then it is only going to impress people even more.
"I'm confident in my ability to score runs."