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Obviously it's very sad that Taylor's developing international career has been so cruelly cut short but my personal opinion is that he wouldn't have been quite good enough at Test level. He ended last season in good form and deserved the opportunities he got in the winter but just six county championship hundreds in four seasons at Notts suggested he wasn't quite Test class.
Can't wait to listen to James on TMS when he's better - come on BBC, let's have some fresh blood who has trained and played beside the already legend worthy players of the current England Squad!
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@ Shivfan - I agree, smaller batsmen can be effective. When every other cricketer is a 6ft monster, and you're training to bowl only at 6ft monsters, its not hard to work out how the odd small player can get in there and have an advantage and be hard to work out. There is an attitude against the small person in sport in general, I suffered from it at school. Lots of elitism there sizewise.
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One of those stories that really catches you. Such sad news.I wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do next. He's still a young man with his best years ahead of him. I hope they are also his happiest.
I am very sad to hear this about James Taylor. He was a classy batsman very much in the mould of David Gower. Taylor had excellent stroke play.I hope his county can perhaps come up with something for him, maybe a training roll of some sort.All the best and good luck to the man.
@ 169. derek"All the best James. As a little guy myself I know that your talents were not always properly appreciated".Sad, but true, and mind-boggling that English cricket doesn't appreciate that it pays to be short as a batsman:http://www.cricketdawn.com/featured-articles/want-to-be-a-good-cricket-batsman-make-sure-you-are-short.htmlBTW, Shiv was 5-8, like Lara....
Just the greatest shame. Desperately sad for James - but for England fans too who thought they had a gutsy middle order bat with the utmost determination to succeed. Brilliant fielder and a hare between the wickets. Top bloke by all accounts too...
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@204 Riggadondon't buy the English media obsession with Taylor being too short at five foot six to have made it as a batsman at the highest level. How tall is Brian Lara? Sachin Tendulkar? Shiv chanderpaul? All four of them are about the same height.walk good James.
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My interest in cricket had lapsed somewhat in recent years so when I saw Taylor bat in the tests it was for the first time. He was eye catching at the crease to say the least and exciting to watch in a way that was rare. And then those OMG catches. I remember insisting my wife watch the replays just in case she appreciated their greatness. She did. Eureka. That spirit will not be doused for long.
I hope the lad will go on to have a long enjoyable life.Seperately,I call for a ban on horse racing cuz its cruelty towards those animals.I also ask for cricket to be banned-it ain't good for the players hearts,and I'm sure the Clowns in the BBC will support me!!
Be strong JT - thanks for the pleasure you have given us in the England shirt. Wish you every success in whatever you choose to do in the future and for a long and happy life.Dave
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