Taylor determined to regain Test place


England middle order batsman James Taylor has played only two Tests, the last of which was in 2012, but is aiming to use the series against Pakistan to prove he belongs in the England whites.

Taylor's most recent first class innings saw him score 164 for Nottinghamshire, and he hopes the warm up matches in the UAE will give him a chance to show his good form, and get him back into the Test side.

He said: "It has been a frustrating few years trying to get into the side and its taken a while.  But it has come around again and that's something I relish being back in the squad.

"I had a good season last year, enviable cricket for Notts and England and that's give me an opportunity to get back into the Test side.

"I know it will be tough conditions but it's an opportunity to try and stake claims to get in the side. We have got two opportunities in the side games so it's an opportunity for me to pull things around and score some runs."

Taylor played three innings in his two Tests against South Africa in 2012, and top scored with 34.

The first Test against Pakistan starts on 13 October.