July 30, 2012
England have announced that the Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor will make his Test debut against South Africa at Headingley on Thursday.
Taylor gets his opportunity because Ravi Bopara has pulled out of the squad because of personal reasons. Taylor is uncapped at this level despite playing in a one-day international against Ireland in 2011.
The 22 year-old moved from Leicestershire to Nottinghamshire last winter in the hope of pushing his international chances with a club playing their cricket in the first division of the County Championship. This year Taylor has scored 500 runs at an average of 41 for the East Midlands club.
Taylor has featured consistently for the England Lions and in May captained the side against the touring West Indies, scoring a century in the process.
England go into the Test match at Headingley needing to win the game after South Africa crushed England by more than an innings in the first Test match at The Oval.
Speaking about the call up, Taylor said: “Facing South Africa’s bowling attack is always going to be a tough challenge but it’s something that I would relish because getting an England Test call has always been my aim.”
England have named a 13 man squad for the match that includes fast bowlers Steven Finn and Graham Onions.
England squad for second Test: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain), Alastair Cook (Essex), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham).
The Scoop 30/07/12