An incredible batsman whose short career will be fondly remembered by fans of both Leicestershire and England, James Taylor was a prolific run scorer who is now an excellent after dinner speaker. He also holds the honour of being Leicestershire’s youngest one-day centurion and youngest player to score more than 1,000 runs in one season for the county.
Starting out at local side Loughborough Town, James’ talents were clear to see from an early age becoming only the second batsman to score a double century in the top flight of the Everards League. He made his breakthrough for Leicestershire in 2009, debuting in the county’s test series against West Indies during their tour of England. From here he impressed regularly putting man of the match displays and scoring hundreds of runs. His good form was noticed by England and he was named in a squad for the first time in 2011 for the ODI against Ireland. In one of his first appearances for his country he shared a 147-run partnership with Kevin Pitersen.
His impressive form continued and he moved to Nottinghamshire in 2012 and put in a great performance at the 2015 World Cup. Whilst at the top of his game he sadly discovered he was suffering from the serious heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). This sadly caused him to retire at the age of just 26 in 2016. This was a devastating blow for James as many people regarded him as one of the best up and coming players in the game. During his after-dinner speaking events he is able to discuss this experience and how he has coped with it.
An outstanding run record he averaged 73 in 2013 and 88 in 2014 in domestic one-day cricket as he waited for almost two years for England to select him again after that South Africa series. He proved his ability to score runs in pressure situations on the county circuit, his ability to manipulate the ball and scurry between the wickets occasionally joined by unexpected hitting power. His ability to judge the pace of an innings was excellent and his captaincy of Nottinghamshire in one-day cricket also won approval.
Finally, 2015 was a year of growth. He played in 25 out of a possible 30 ODIs, and struck a maiden ODI hundred against Australia at Old Trafford in which his ability to manoeuvre the ball into gaps was once again central to his approach. His red-ball record was not as impressive – five Championship hundreds in his first four seasons for Nottinghamshire – but that was pushed aside as he made 76 in a Test recall against Pakistan in Sharjah where even he could remark that the ball rarely bounced above knee height.
With a fantastic story to tell of his time playing the sport that he loves as well as the heartbreak that comes from being told you can no longer play, James Taylor makes an excellent cricket speaker for events of all sizes. Highly skilled when it comes to engaging with an audience, Taylor will take your event to the next level, so book him today.
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