Yorkshire Bank 40 final: James Taylor hoping to impress England selectors at Lord's
By Alex Williams. Last Updated: 21/09/13 11:55am
James Taylor: Hopes county performances will earn him England selection
Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor is hoping to give the England selectors "one final reminder" in the Yorkshire Bank 40 final against Glamorgan on Saturday.
The squad for the tour of Australia will be announced on Monday and although many of the decisions will have already been made, the Lord's showpiece gives those pushing for selection a last chance to impress.
Taylor has played two Tests and two one-day internationals during his career but the 23-year-old is now looking to establish himself as a more permanent fixture in the setup.
The former Leicestershire player, who has averaged 48.33 in the LV= County Championship and more than 80 in the 40-over game, is looking for one more big score this weekend.
"Hopefully I can perform for my side on the day which will hopefully give the selectors one final reminder," he told Sky Sports.
"I've had a brief taste of international cricket so far - I've played a couple of ODIs and a couple of Tests - and it would be nice to get a game in the winter in Australia."
Taylor played in the sole ODI against Ireland at the start of September but was not selected for the subsequent NatWest Series against Australia.
The right-hander was also called up for the third match of the Ashes as cover for Kevin Pietersen, whose recovery from a calf injury meant he was not able to add to his two Test appearances against South Africa last year.
"I definitely would have liked to be playing in the Ashes but the opportunities haven't quite arrived," Taylor said.
"It was nice to be in the squad for the Old Trafford Test but it didn't quite work out so I'm playing county cricket and doing all I can to win games for Nottinghamshire.
"I feel I've scored plenty of runs in all formats, so fingers crossed I'll be somewhere near that squad."
"I feel I've scored plenty of runs in all formats, so fingers crossed I'll be somewhere near that (England) squad."
He added: "I'd like to think I'd be somewhere close in both the one-day format and the Test format. They've told me to score runs and I've tried to do that."
The Outlaws originally planned to fly down to London on Friday evening following the scheduled conclusion of their Division One clash at Chester-le-Street but have been able to travel early after newly-crowned champions Durham wrapped up the win inside three days.
Nottinghamshire have not yet secured their top-flight status for next season but can now temporarily put their relegation worries on hold.
Taylor said: "We're obviously delighted to get to the final, we set goals at the beginning of the season and this is definitely one of our goals.
"As individuals growing up, everybody looks forward to and dreams of playing in a Lord's final. We've got there now and hopefully we can put in a decent performance and lift that trophy."
James Taylor was speaking ahead of the Yorkshire Bank 40 final at Lord's Saturday 21st September. Tickets for this great family day out are available from tickets.lords.org