Burrough-on-the-Hill batsman James Taylor looks to have all but cemented a place in England’s World Cup starting XI.
The 25-year-old Nottinghamshire runscorer has forced his way into head coach Peter Moores’ plans with several superb displays in the build-up to this year’s global showpiece.
Most recently Taylor guided England to victory with a mature and assured display against India on Friday in their final Tri-Series group match in Perth.
Needing a win to reach the final, England were in big trouble at 66-5, chasing 201. But Taylor and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler batted sensibly to the conditions to produce a match-winning 125-run partnership.
Taylor made 82 from 163 balls and fell just 10 runs shy of the target before England stumbled over the line with a three-wicket win.
He said: “I’m delighted to score some runs in a pressure situation, that is what I pride myself on – finishing games and winning games.
“I’m not sure there is too much different about me than three years ago. I’m more experienced and I know my game extremely well now.
“I feel comfortable in this environment, massively so. You’ve always got to prove yourself and you’ve always got to try and get better and I’m doing that. I’m scoring runs in pressure situations.”
Taylor was recalled to the ODI side for the tour of Sri Lanka, and struck his top score of 90 in his first comeback match for England in December.
He made another half-century against the Sri Lankans with 68 and kept his place as England moved onto Australia to continue their World Cup build-up.
Scores of 55 and 71 in Tri-Series warm-up matches was followed by an unbeaten 56 in England’s first victory against India in Brisbane before his latest impressive knock last week.
England begin the World Cup campaign against the old enemy, and tournament favourites, Australia, in Melbourne, on Saturday, February 14.