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Ashes: James Taylor earns England recall after fine domestic form for Nottinghamshire

James Taylor: Started his career at Leicestershire before moving to Trent Bridge

He may be on the small side, but James Taylor will be hoping to make a big impact if he is named in England's side for the third Ashes Test.

The Nottinghamshire batsman - who stands at 5ft 6" tall - has been rewarded for his excellent form in domestic cricket this summer with a place in the 14-man squad to face Australia at Old Trafford.

Taylor has played two Tests before - both against South Africa in the summer of 2012 - having initially made his international debut in 50-over cricket.

"I have scored plenty of runs I all formats and I am feeling in good touch. It's nice to go into the squad with plenty of runs behind me."

James Taylor

Here, we take a look at the major moments in the right-hander's career...


Born January 6 in Nottingham, the son of a National Hunt jockey.


January 1: Selected for England Under-19s in tri-series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

April 23: Makes his County Championship debut for Leicestershire against Worcestershire.

July 16: Makes his maiden first-class half-century, 51 in a tour match against Bangladesh.

August 14: Named Wisden schools cricketer of the year.


May 1: Makes 122 not out against Middlesex, his maiden first-class hundred in his seventh appearance.

August 1: Becomes Leicestershire's youngest first-class double-centurion with 207no against Surrey.

August 29: Becomes the youngest Leicester batsman to make 1,000 first-class runs in a season. Ends the campaign with 1,184 at an average of 66, including three hundreds. Named young player of the year by both the Cricket Writers' Club and Professional Cricketers' Association.

October: Selected for England Performance Programme.

November: Signs new three-year contract at Grace Road.


January: Tours the United Arab Emirates with England Lions.

July 25: Takes career-best 4-61 against Warwickshire in Clydesdale Bank 40.

James Taylor: Made his first international appearance in a one-dayer against Ireland in 2011


July 25: Names England Lions captain for series against Sri Lanka A.

August: Makes two centuries as the Lions win the three-match ODI series 2-1. Makes one-day international debut against Ireland but makes only one run.

December 1: Joins Nottinghamshire on a three-year contract.


July 29: Earns first Test call-up for second Test against South Africa at Headingley.

August: Makes 34 runs and shares in a 147-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen to secure England a draw against the Proteas in Leeds. Plays in his second and last England Test match to date against South Africa at Lord's, scoring 10 in the first innings and four in the second.


June: Makes 204 not out for Nottinghamshire against Sussex in the LV= County Championship.

July: Nottinghamshire grant request from England and Wales Cricket Board to allow him to place for Sussex in tour match against Australia at Hove. He is then named in 14-man squad for third Ashes Test at Old Trafford due to concerns over fitness of Kevin Pietersen.