Taylor 'helped by Notts move'

  • Last Updated: July 30 2012, 12:59 BST

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes James Taylor's step up to the top flight helped him prove himself to England's selectors.

James Taylor: Left Leicestershire for Notts in the winter

The 22-year-old's move from Leicestershire to Trent Bridge in December granted him his first experience of LV= County Championship Division One, after three successive seasons scoring over 1,000 runs in the second tier.

He took time to adjust to the jump in class but made his first century of the Championship season with an unbeaten 163 against Sussex over the weekend just gone.

He was 106 not out overnight and resumed his innings knowing he had been called up for the second Investec Test against South Africa, following Ravi Bopara's withdrawal for personal reasons.

And Newell told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He must take his chance with both hands.

"He has obviously impressed the people at (England) level and he is now starting to show in Division One the form that got him their attention in Division Two.

"There is no doubt that England wanted to see him playing some Division One cricket and being tested against the better bowling attacks."

Taylor had reached three figures earlier in the season for the Lions against the touring West Indians and in a Clydesdale Bank 40 game against Hampshire.

And Newell added: "He is starting to show signs, which particularly started in one-day cricket, of showing that talent and skill coming through, and his four-day form has picked up."