James Taylor: "I Loved
Every Minute Of It."

Featured News | 7th August 2012

Dave Bracegirdle caught up with Nottinghamshire’s England batsman James Taylor after day one at Taunton.

A  lot has happened since we last spoke. Team GB has won quite a lot of Olympic Gold Medals and you’ve become a Test cricketer.

Obviously I’m delighted to have made my Test debut and hopefully I played my part a little bit but unfortunately I didn’t get as many runs as I wanted to. But I thought it was a good fightback really by the side.

Was it everything you’d dreamt it to be over the years? Always wanting to play cricket for England - did it fulfil all of your expectations?

Exactly, I loved every second of it and the guys that I played with and played against I’ve been watching them on TV for the last five or ten years, so yes, it was a very special moment – very special all round.

There’s always a bit of pressure and few nerves whenever anyone makes their Test debut but England were four wickets down and they needed a good stand when you went out to bat..

Yes they did. It was a pressure situation when I went in and I needed to hold my hand up. I buIlt a good strong partnership with Kevin Pietersen, who played an exceptional innings and hopefully I played my part in that as well. We Put on nearly 150 and hopefully did our bit for the side. It was good fun.

You had the best seat in the house to watch Kevin’s innings from.

Exactly - it was a very special innings from a very special player and some of the shots he played, against some of the best bowlers in the world, nobody else could have.

I can’t imagine the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel would let the opportunity go begging of not giving a young debutant a bit of chirp when you arrived in the middle.

I’m not sure really, I think Morne said something but other than that it was alright. Like I said, it was a great experience and I enjoyed every second of it .

You’ve come straight to Taunton from Headingley. How did it materialise that you were allowed to play in this game?

Andy flower asked me if I wanted to play so I said ‘yes’ -  I might as well keep hitting balls. I’d got a week off but I wanted to come and play with the Notts boys here and try and help us get a win.

Have they given you any assurances about playing at Lord’s in the next Test?

No, definitely not. I don’t know what’s going on about that and will find out later in the week when the squad is announced.

Dave Bracegirdle’s ball-by-ball commentary will continue tomorrow and throughout the LV= County Championship match at Taunton.

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