Notts Outlaws batsman James Taylor has spoken of his enjoyment of high-pressure situations after his remarkable century established a winning platform against Hampshire Royals in Thursday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 match at The Ageas Bowl.
Taylor made a patient start to his innings before attacking with controlled aggression to frustrate the Hampshire field.
“I like the pressure situations when runs are even more vital and I have the chance to demonstrate my character and temperament,” said Taylor, who will line-up for the Outlaws in Monday’s game against Somerset at Trent Bridge (play starts 1.45pm).
“I got us to a decent total and the bowlers got us across the line and that’s what the selectors have told me to do.”
Taylor is a member of the England Performance Squad and the current captain of England Lions. His knock in front of the Sky cameras on the day that Kevin Pietersen announced his retirement from international limited overs cricket drew inevitable calls that he could emerge as a ready made replacement.
“I’ve been told that all I need to do is score runs and knock on the door,” said Taylor, who has featured in a solitary ODI at full international level.
“I’m delighted with the way I’ve played for the lions and I have to keep scoring runs and show what I can do that against Test opposition whenever I get the opportunity.
“I haven’t scored as many runs as I’ve wanted to for Nottinghamshire this season but I’ve got vital runs for the team.”