Ashes: James Taylor keeps cool despite England call-up

Last Updated: 29/07/13 7:31am

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Recalled England batsman James Taylor prepared for the third Ashes Test by making 121 not out for Sussex in the draw against Australia.

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James Taylor refused to get carried away despite being called into the England squad for the third Ashes Test with Australia.

Taylor has been drafted in as cover for Kevin Pietersen, who is doubtful for the Old Trafford Test which begins on Thursday as he continues to battle a calf injury.

"I don't like to look too far ahead and get distracted."
James Taylor

Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor is currently playing for Sussex in a tour match against Australia as he looks to prove himself to the selectors but he remained level-headed about his chances of playing.

"I am obviously delighted to be in the squad but we are all hoping KP is fit," Taylor told Sky Sports.

"I don't like to look too far ahead and get distracted. My main focus is on this side (Sussex) and trying to score runs against this Australian side."

Taylor previously played twice for England but struggled against a quality South Africa attack last summer, averaging just 16 from three innings.

Prolific

But he has been scoring prolifically in county cricket and feels he has improved, dismissing claims he was unlucky to have been dropped from the England set-up.

"Some might say unlucky but I didn't score as many runs as I had hoped," he added.

"It was a good experience but it was bit too brief for my liking, so it is good to be back in the squad.

"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.

"I am in a better space mentally and probably my game is in a better place with another year's experience.

"I've had a little taster against Australia now so if required, I would definitely be up for it."

Recalled

Sussex spinner Monty Panesar is also in action against Australia at Hove and he too has been recalled to the side.

Panesar was on the England tour of New Zealand over the winter but has not played a home Test in four years, although he admits he thought he might make the squad for the spin-friendly track in Manchester.

"With the Australia game being before the Old Trafford Test and after training with the England players at Lord's, I knew I might have a chance of making the squad," said Panesar.

"It was important I was bowling well and taking wickets to try and get selected for the squad.

"Bowling against the Australia batsman gives you an insight into them.

"They are not as good against spin as seam so hopefully if I get the opportunity to bowl I can take a few more wickets and put the Australian batsmen under pressure."

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