Date of birth – 6 January 1990 Nottingham
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 1 Apr 2012 v Loughborough MCCU (h)
Nottinghamshire’s new one-day captain, James Taylor will be hoping to further his own international aspirations during 2014, as well as lead his county side in their quest for further honours.
Taylor was instrumental in helping Notts to their YB40 success last year, averaging 77.5 from his 16 one-day innings. Considered unlucky by most not to have added to the two Test match appearances he made in 2012, he was clearly in the selector’s thoughts again last year, having been summoned to appear for Sussex against the touring Australians and answered the call with an unbeaten century.
Surplus to requirements for the senior international side, this past winter, he kept in form by playing domestic cricket in Australia head of the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka in February, where he stretched his own personal top score to 242 not out, against the Sri Lankan A side at Dambulla.
The 5’5” right-handed batsman made his debut for Leicestershire in 2008 and scored maiden centuries in both four-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.
Taylor joined Notts ahead of the 2012 season and immediately wrote his name into the record books by scoring a century in the second innings of his debut match against Loughborough MCCU.
Challenged to score runs in Division One cricket he averaged over 40, with four centuries, from his first two campaigns with Notts and knows similar success this summer is sure to have the selectors calling again.