CRICKET: Taylor delighted by England Test call-up

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James Taylor is desperate to seize his opportunity after being called into England’s squad for the second Investec Test against South Africa.

The Nottinghamshire batsman was called up for the Headingley clash after Ravi Bopara withdrew for unspecified personal reasons.

That is the only change to the 13-man squad from the humbling innings defeat in last week’s first Test, though pace bowlers Steven Finn and Graham Onions remain in the party should England opt to freshen up the much-vaunted attack which managed only two wickets at the Oval.

Bopara struggled in that game, with scores of nought and 22 and two sloppy dismissals, and the diminutive Taylor is desperate for his chance.

“I hoped that I would be next in line but I never took anything for granted although I have scored consistent runs in all forms of the game to earn this chance,” said the 22-year-old.

“Playing at Headingley would be a very proud moment for me but nothing has happened yet, I’m just one step closer and waiting for the nod and the opportunity to help England to get back into the series.”