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Paul Farbrace lauds James Taylor for seizing his opportunity

Paul Farbrace lauds James Taylor for seizing his opportunity
James Taylor has amassed 136 runs at an average of 136.00, including two fifties and a man of the match award in the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan.
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England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has praised James Taylor for grabbing his opportunities with a string of superlative performances against Australia and Pakistan in One-Day Internationals.

In the 2015 World Cup, Taylor only managed to score 149 runs from six innings, which included an unbeaten 98 against Australia in Melbourne.

The 25-year-old then failed to get an opportunity in the ODI series against New Zealand in June, but featured in all the five ODIs in the series against Australia in September.

By scoring 246 runs at an average of 49.20, Taylor responded by standing out as the second highest run-getter for England in that series.

In the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan, Taylor has amassed 136 runs at an average of 136.00, including two fifties and a man of the match award.

Farbrace is extremely impressed with the way Taylor has made a comeback in the side and feels that he summarises the quality of the England team.

"I think he (James Taylor) sums up this team to a certain extent.

"He missed out against New Zealand, he found that really hard but he didn't complain once, he didn't moan; he practised and worked really hard and took his opportunity in the Australian series.

"He's taken his opportunity here again on this whole tour, really, and I think he's someone who finds a way.”  

In 2015, Taylor is England second best ODI batsman, with a tally of 678 runs from 20 matches at an average of 48.42.

Farbrace further expressed that the England players often look up to how Taylor goes about his batting and talk to him about the technicalities of game.

“He (James Taylor) sums up the learning that we have in this side; he does that brilliantly and I think other players watch him and they see how he plays.

"They talk to him about how he plays and they listen to the way that he talks about his game.

“He's very clear, he knows exactly what he's going to do; he might not always pull it off but he practises the way that he wants to play.” 

Drawing comparisons between Joe Root and Taylor, Farbrace opined that the pair have a profound effect on the entire England team. 

"Joe Root is exactly the same; Rooty plays every net session he has exactly the way he would do in a game.

"I think others are now watching that and people who perhaps haven't played as much international cricket as those two - and James has only played a few games still - can see someone who is really working it out very quickly and then that has a knock-on effect throughout your team."

Having taken a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match ODI series against Pakistan, England will look to complete a series victory when they take the field on Friday for the fourth game in Dubai.

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