County Championship: Taylor celebrates England call-up with ton

James Taylor
James Taylor last played a Test match for England in August 2012 against South Africa.
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day three, close)
Nottinghamshire 254-5: J Taylor 138no, Read 50no; Barker 4-52
Warwickshire: yet to bat
Warwickshire 1 pt, Notts 2 pts
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Nottinghamshire's James Taylor celebrated his England Test call-up by scoring a century against Warwickshire.

Taylor, who was named in the squad to face Pakistan this winter, was dropped three times in his 138 not out and passed 1,000 first-class runs in 2015.

Keith Barker (4-52) helped reduce Notts to 130-5, with opener Alex Hales, who was also included by England, among his victims for six.

Chris Read (50 not out) then put on 124 with Taylor as Notts closed on 254-5.

After a washout on day one, only four overs were possible on Tuesday, so the visitors resumed on 16-0.

Hales was Barker's first wicket of day three as he was caught by Rikki Clarke in the slips and Steven Mullaney soon followed for a six-ball duck.

Brendan Taylor was trapped leg before for 24, while Jonathan Trott accounted for Riki Wessels for nine.

Samit Patel also made nine before being bowled round his legs by Barker to leave Notts in a little bother.

Taylor led a charmed life and was dropped on eight, 22 and 75, while he was also bowled off a no-ball.

The 25-year-old reached his 20th first-class ton off 151 balls but was not applauded by any Warwickshire player, who seemed convinced he should have been given out caught behind the ball before.

Keith Barker
Keith Barker has now taken 38 Championship wickets this season

Warwickshire all-rounder Keith Barker:

"It's been a bit of an up and down season for myself, so it was good to get out there and get a few wickets and bowl quite well.

"With all the recent rain, the wicket was quite spicy which helped a few of us get a bit of confidence and bowl good lines and channels.

"It's just a shame we didn't manage to take our chances. James Taylor had a few lives - a couple of drops and an inside-edge that wasn't given - but if we don't take our chances he is going to score runs, so it's our mistake.

"It's just about bonus points from here. There is no other way the game can go, I think."

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell:

"James Taylor batted very well. It's not the batsman's fault if the fielders keeping dropping the ball. I don't call that good luck, I just call it taking the most of your opportunity.

"I think he played some quite nice shots in between that, but he would recognise that there were one or two loose shots that could have led to his dismissal.

"I don't think we'll be setting up a chase tomorrow. We want to finish second in the Championship and if we can pick up 12 or 13 points from this game, then we will have a strong chance of getting past Middlesex in the last round of matches."