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England batsman James Taylor has announced that he is determined to regain his Test spot.
Taylor’s comments come after he was recently recalled into the country’s ODI squad for the upcoming limited overs tour of Sri Lanka in November.
It is there that Taylor hopes to impress the national selectors enough that they decide to include him in the Test team once again.
“I’m taking a little bit of a break now – it’s been a long and hectic season,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “I’m looking forward to a rest. I’ve got a few weeks left and then it’s back into training.
“I’ve had a frustrating last few years trying to get into the England side. But I’m delighted with the call-up. It’s been another busy season for me where I’ve scored runs in all formats. So I kind of did what I needed to do.
“I try and shift that (England selection) as far away from my mind as I can. I was captain of Nottinghamshire this year so I had a nice little distraction. I knew the only way to get into the England side was to score runs in all formats. That’s what I did.
“I am desperate to play all formats of the game so hopefully I can go on and use this as a stepping stone for Test cricket.”
Despite losing their last two ODI series against Sri Lanka and India, Taylor believes that England can still have a successful World Cup campaign.
“If you look down the whole squad there is a lot of guys with a lot of experience and there’s a lot of exciting players with both bat and ball,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for England with the World Cup around the corner. We’ve got a preparation period in Sri Lanka with seven ODIs and the tri-series before the World Cup.
“We’ve got a lot to prove and we’ll be trying to do that before the World Cup.”