Callum Taylor ready for Under-19 Cricket World Cup with England
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Taking to the global stage looks set to open up a world of opportunities for Norfolk starlet Callum Taylor.
The 18-year-old former Cromer High School pupil is in Bangladesh with England ahead of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup and is looking to make a big impact.
The big-hitting all-rounder – who became Norfolk CCC's youngest century-maker at 16 – has been making rapid progress with Essex in recent years.
'Obviously from a team point of view we would like to get through the group stages and get through to the quarter-finals,' Taylor said ahead of the tournament starting on Friday.
'The main objective from a personal point of view is to show the world what I'm about, because the games are being shown live on TV.
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'So hopefully, if I get selected, I can put down that marker.'
Taylor, who plays locally for Swardeston when he has time, made the perfect start to his preparation for the tournament by top-scoring with 78 from 88 balls in a 125-run friendly victory over South Africa in Dubai on Monday.
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England play further warm-up games against Namibia on Saturday and Bangladesh on Monday before beginning their Group C matches on Wednesday, against Fiji. Further matches in Chittagong against West Indies on Friday, January 29 and Zimbabwe on Sunday, January 31 conclude the group stages ahead of the quarter-finals. The clashes with West Indies and Zimbabwe are also being shown live on Sky Sports, albeit from 3am UK time.
'Fiji is the first game and you'd like to think we'll win that, but you can never be too sure of yourselves, and then it's Zimbabwe and West Indies as well,' Taylor continued.
'West Indies will be good, I would imagine, but Zimbabwe I'm not too sure what to expect. So hopefully it will all click together for us.'
The under-19s prepared for the tournament with matches against India and Sri Lanka in Colombo in December. Taylor scored just four in a 52-run defeat to Sri Lanka and 12 in a 20-run loss to India and feels he is capable of much more.
He said: 'I wish I would have scored a few more runs but I felt comfortable out there, I felt like I adapted well to the conditions, which were quite tough. I think from a team point of view, we adapted quite well to the conditions but we couldn't really get all three aspects of the game to come together. When we were over there, most days it was in the 30s, so it was hot to be fair. It was the rainy season though so a lot of the days it was red hot in the mornings but in the afternoon there were thunderstorms, so we'd never really experienced that before.
'So it was good for us to get used to that, but after the first five days or so you get used to the humidity and it is quite nice. I don't think Bangladesh is quite as hot but we'll be able to handle it out there now.'
Taylor is contracted to Essex until the end of 2017 and looking to make the most of the opportunities he has ahead of him.
He added: 'I'm travelling the world doing something I love, so there's not much more I could ask for than to be selected for the World Cup side as one of the country's 15 best under-19s.'