James Taylor blasted an unbeaten double century for the England Lions on Friday to underline his credentials for a place in a remodelled senior Test team.
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The 24-year-old featured twice in the home Test series against South Africa in the summer of 2012 but missed out on a place on the ill-fated Ashes tour of Australia, where England were whitewashed.
As a consequence of that disastrous tour England are looking for new blood, and Taylor's 242 not out in a four-day match against Sri Lanka A in Dambulla will certainly not harm his case for inclusion when the senior Sri Lankan side play two Tests in England later this year.
The Nottinghamshire batsman struck 30 fours and two sixes, and was ably assisted by 142 from Middlesex opener Sam Robson. The Australia-born batsman pledged his future to England late last year and could be another who forces his way into the senior side this summer.
The Lions reached 605 for seven declared, with Yorkshire all-rounder Liam Plunkett adding an impressive 74 down the order.
The hosts were 72 without loss in their second innings, trailing by 244 runs heading into the final day.