Ashes: Mick Newell believes James Taylor is ready to answer England's SOS call
England should pick James Taylor if Kevin Pietersen is unfit, says Nottinghamshire chief Mick Newell.
Last Updated: 22/07/13 3:27pm
Taylor made his Test debut against South Africa last summer and has already been mentioned by England batting coach Graham Gooch as a possible replacement for Pietersen, who is a doubt for Manchester because of a calf strain.
Taylor has been in excellent form for Nottinghamshire and England Lions this season and Newell believes he should be given a chance to impress if Pietersen does not recover in time.
"In terms of runs and confidence, he's in a good place," Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"I think England will sit down, make a few phone calls and pick the right batsman for the team.
"His form is good, and it will very much come down to the opinion of the selectors and (England coach) Andy Flower.
"James is still knocking the door down with his runs in county cricket, he's still well thought of at the Lions level and I'm sure it will be a matter of time before he gets a chance again."
Nick Compton, unceremoniously dropped by England despite impressing in India and New Zealand over the winter, is an alternative.
But a return for the Somerset man seems less likely - England will almost certainly not break up the new opening partnership of Alastair Cook and Joe Root and the selectors will be unwilling to move Jonathan Trott from No 3.
Gooch, when asked about Pietersen's fitness, said: "The selectors will decide if they need cover, I'm confident there's some good talent.
"James Taylor made his England debut last year and showed up pretty well at Headingley, Nick Compton has been in the side this winter, and there will be one or two others who have done well for the Lions so they will have to look at the possible options."