Leicestershire’s retiring wicketkeeper Paul Nixon has urged England’s selectors to pick his team-mate James Taylor again soon.
Taylor made his England debut in last Thursday’s one-day victory over Ireland in Dublin but has been overlooked for the forthcoming five-match NatWest series against India.
Nixon, who will retire after next month’s Champions League in India following Leicestershire’s gripping Friends Life t20 final win over Somerset, believes that Taylor is a more likely match-winner than Warwickshire’s Jonathan Trott.
“James Taylor should have been playing for England weeks ago,” Nixon said. “I rate Jonathan Trott highly as a high-class Test batsman, as good as anyone in the game at the moment and his record proves that.
“But for one-day cricket I don’t think Jonathan’s game suits to bat through and try to go hard at the end. I think Jonathan Trott will do a job for England on a very juicy wicket where a workmanlike innings is needed. Ian Bell bats three for Warwickshire, Jonathan Trott bats four.
“James Taylor averages 50 in one-day cricket and 34-35 in Twenty20 cricket. He’s a finisher, he hits the ball out of the ground. Anyone who was here a few weeks ago against Warwickshire saw how he got an amazing 50 and won the game.
“He cleared the boundary with ease and that’s what he can do. He’s got every option. He’s got Dilshan scoops, he can hit you down the ground straight, he walks across his stumps and hits you out of the ground.
“This guy has got magic, I promise you. In his understanding of where he is in his game, he’s a 34-year-old experienced pro. He knows his options, he knows his game.
“He ticks every box. If you say right the ball is swinging away at 84mph and this is the field where do you score your runs, he knows. He’s a little professor of his industry.”