The Ashes: James Taylor presses claim against Aussies on Day 2

The 23-year-old Taylor batted for nearly three-and-a-half hours before rain forced an early close at Sussex's Hove headquarters on England's south coast, with the hosts 228 for five in reply to Australia's 366 for five declared.

updated: July 28, 2013 08:56 IST
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London: James Taylor advanced his case for an England recall by making an unbeaten 64 for Sussex against Australia on the second day of three at Hove on Saturday.

Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor has been given special dispensation by England chiefs to 'guest' for Sussex, with officials concerned about the fitness of star batsman Kevin Pietersen for next week's third Test in Manchester. (File photo)

Ashes-holders England, 2-0 up in the five-match series with their arch-rivals, are due to name their squad for Old Trafford on Sunday and Taylor, who last played Test cricket a year ago, seems set to be included as cover in case Pietersen does not overcome a calf injury.

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