The Ashes: James Taylor to face Australia in warm-up

England's selectors have ear-marked James Taylor as the man to step up in case Kevin Pietersen doesn't recover and on Wednesday it was announced the 23-year-old will temporarily switch counties and play for Sussex against Australia in a tour match this week.

updated: July 24, 2013 19:05 IST
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London: Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Kevin Pietersen in the third Test against Australia if the England star fails to recover from injury.

Pietersen suffered a calf strain during the second Test at Lord's and was unable to take the field for Australia's second innings. (Related read: James Anderson upbeat over Pietersen's fitness)

The South Africa-born batsman is currently undergoing treatment ahead of the Old Trafford Test, which starts next Thursday.

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