Ashes 2015: James Taylor eyes England Trent Bridge recall

Media playback is not supported on this device

England omission frustrates Taylor

Nottinghamshire's James Taylor still harbours hopes of playing for England in the Ashes series with Australia.

The 25-year-old, who scored a career-best 291 for Notts this week, made his only two Test appearances in 2012.

Taylor is not in the squad for the Edgbaston Test, but the fourth Test is at his home ground of Trent Bridge.

"It's nice to hear your name being talked about for England. Playing at my home ground would be a dream come true," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

"I was in the Ashes squad a couple of years ago and fingers crossed I get back there as soon as possible."

The five-match Ashes series is level at 1-1 after England won in Cardiff by 169 runs, before Australia's 405-run victory at Lord's last week.

England recalled Jonny Bairstow in place of Gary Ballance for the third Test in Birmingham, which starts on 29 July.

Ashes schedule: England v Australia
DateVenueResult
First Test8-11 JulyCardiffEngland won by 169 runs
Second Test16-19 JulyLord'sAustralia won by 405 runs
Third Test29 July-2 AugEdgbaston
Fourth Test6-10 AugustTrent Bridge
Fifth Test20-24 AugustThe Oval

However, Ian Bell, who is expected to be promoted from number four to three at Edgbaston, has scored only 73 runs in four innings in the series.

Taylor's double century at Sussex was the first time he had reached three figures in the Championship this season, despite passing 50 on four occasions.

"If they're talking about you playing for England, then you are obviously doing something right," Taylor added.

"Hopefully, for England's sake, they don't need me and everyone pulls together and score some big runs.

"But everyone knows how desperate I am to get back into that England fold."

Taylor made 34 in the drawn second Test against South Africa at Headingley in 2012, followed by 10 and four in the defeat at Lord's.

"I've been bitterly disappointed not to be selected on a number of occasions," the former Leicestershire batsman said.

"Hopefully that call-up is just around the corner. Test match cricket is the pinnacle. I've had a brief little taste and I want to be there."

Top Stories