Callum Taylor stars again for England U19s in Australia

Callum Taylor on England U19 duty in Australia. Picture: ECB

Callum Taylor on England U19 duty in Australia. Picture: ECB - Credit: ECB

Norfolk ace Callum Taylor played a starring role as England Under-19s secured the first victory of their tour of Australia.

The 17-year-old took four wickets as England beat their Australian U19 counterparts by two wickets at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, south of Perth on the west coast.

The match was the first of five one-day matches, following a drawn four-day game at the WACA Ground in Perth last week.

Taylor scored 72 from 102 balls, including 11 fours and one six, as England rescued a precarious situation before rain intervened.

The Swardeston star then proved his ability as an all-rounder in the first one-day match today. He took 4-49 in 10 overs, including the wicket of top scorer Jake Doran on 82, to help bowl the hosts out for 219 with eight balls to spare.

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The big-hitting former Cromer High School pupil then scored one four and a six as he made 18 from 32 balls before being dismissed.

Mosun Hussain scored 76 to stand up the England innings and ensure they reached 220-8 – with just three balls to spare.

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Taylor, who required three stitches on the bridge of his nose after colliding with a fielder while batting, told 'It was a brilliant win. We did really well in the first innings to restrict them to 219. It is hard batting second because the team have got the runs on the board and it is then down to us.

'It was a brilliant knock from Mosun and it ended well with Ben (Green) getting a great 20 under a lot of pressure.

'It is the first game, we are now looking forward to the second game and preparing for that. There is a long way to go.'

Of his own performance, Taylor added: 'I was happy, very happy. I was more pleased with restricting them to 219, that is all you look to do. Personal targets go out the window, it is all about the team.'

The tour continues with another one-day match at Bunbury School tomorrow before another at Murdoch University in Perth on Saturday, where the final two matches will also be played next week.

Taylor was named in the England Development Programme squad during the winter having represented England at under-17 level last season. Winter training in India and Sri Lanka followed, as well as a session with England Test captain Alastair Cook.

Norfolk's youngest ever century-maker signed a two-year contract with Essex CCC over the winter as well, having won the Chelmsford club's academy player of the year award at the end of last season.

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