James Taylor To Turn Out For Sussex
Nottinghamshire and England batsman James Taylor will make a guest appearance for Sussex when they take on the Australians in a three-day tour game from Friday (26th July).
Taylor played one Test in 2012 against South Africa and has been released by Nottinghamshire to play in the tour game and is expected to be called up to England's squad for the third Ashes squad to cover for the injured Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen missed the end of the Lord's Test with a calf strain and faces a battle to be fit for the Old Trafford Test, which gets underway on 1st August.
Taylor will follow the examples of Andrew Strauss, who played for Somerset in 2011 ahead of the India Test series and Nick Compton, who guested for Worcestershire earlier on this tour.
As the county season is currently dominated by domestic Twenty20 cricket, the three-day game gives Taylor an opportunity to get some longer-form cricket under his belt.
"We would like to thank Nottinghamshire CCC and Sussex CCC for their support and understanding in allowing Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor to play for Sussex against Australia in the three-day tour match beginning on Friday," England Team Director Andy Flower said.
"This will provide James with a valuable opportunity to play in a longer format of the game while we consider our options ahead of the third Investec Ashes Test next week.
"Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and a decision about his availability for the Test will made nearer the time."
Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell added: "We want to provide James the best possible opportunity to be prepared to play in the third Test should he be required.
"Whilst clearly he is an important player for us and will be missed in our FLt20 matches on Friday and Sunday we have a proud record of producing players for England.
"We remain in close contact with James and the ECB regarding the situation and hope that he can make a contribution and be selected."
Taylor himself is determined to stay focussed and is not getting ahead of himself.
"I'm hopeful that KP will be fit to play and, as it stands, I'm preparing to play in the three-day game for Sussex and nothing more," he said.
"I'm disappointed to have to miss two big Notts matches but the Sussex fixture will give me an opportunity to get some red ball practice and then I'll wait and see.
"I'm not back in the Test side yet but I'm pleased to be a step closer to it and I've always dealt with situations like this by concentrating on the game in hand and refusing to look too far ahead."
England lead the Ashes series 2-0 following a 14-run win at Trent Bridge and a 347-run victory at Lord's.
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