'Magic' Taylor backed for England
Paul Nixon believes Leicestershire team-mate James Taylor has what it takes to be an England star.
Last Updated: 28/08/11 11:51am
Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon believes Leicestershire team-mate James Taylor has what it takes to be an international star after comparing him to Graham Gooch.
Nixon and Taylor were both part of the Foxes side who upset the odds to clinch the Friends Life t20 trophy at Edgbaston yesterday.
While it represented 40-year-old Nixon's final match on home soil before retirement, batsman Taylor is at the beginning of what promises to be a long and successful career.
He made his England debut in the one-day match against Ireland last week but has not been retained for the India series, which starts on Wednesday.
Nixon thinks that is a mistake and tipped the diminutive batsman to be a better long-term bet than Jonathan Trott, whose occasionally ponderous scoring rate has been criticised for slowing down England's one-day batting.
"James Taylor should have been playing for England weeks ago," said Nixon.
"I rate Jonathan Trott highly as a Test bat, as high as anyone in the world at the moment and his record proves that, but in ODIs I don't think Jonathan's game suits batting through and going hard at the end.
"James Taylor is a finisher and he can hit the ball out of the ground."
Gooch is one of England's finest ever players and has been credited with a big impact on the national side's fortunes after joining the backroom staff as batting coach.
But Nixon does not feel Taylor is flattered by the comparison.
"He's got every option and he's such a fast learner. His understanding in terms of where he is in his game is like a 34-year-old pro," he said.
"James is a professor of his industry, he reminds me of Graham Gooch. He's got magic, I promise you."