James Taylor: Mick Newell says step up benefited England newcomer

Mick Newell

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes James Taylor's transition to Division One cricket won him his

Taylor was named in the squad for this week's second Test with South Africa, a day after scoring a century for Notts.

Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He must take his chance with both hands.

"He has obviously impressed the people at that level and he is now starting to show in Division One the form that got him their attention in Division Two."

Taylor joined Notts from Leicestershire in the winter and immediately made his mark scoring a century on his first-class debut for the county in the second innings against Loughborough UCCE, after a first-ball duck in the first innings.

Despite not hitting form in the Championship, the 22-year-old scored a century as captain of England Lions against West Indies in May.

He also began the season with impressive performances in limited-overs cricket, including a 77-ball 115 not out in a CB40 match at Hampshire later that month.

Taylor scored his first Championship century for the club in the current game against Sussex, finishing on 163 not out.

"There is no doubt that England wanted to see him play some Division One cricket and being tested against the better bowling attacks," Newell added.

"He is starting to show signs, which particularly started in one-day cricket, of showing that talent and skill coming through, and his four-day form has picked up."

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