Norfolk all-rounder Callum Taylor plays vital role as England Under-19s draw series with Australia

Callum Taylor, left, celebrates the drawn series with Australia after helping England Under-19s win

Callum Taylor, left, celebrates the drawn series with Australia after helping England Under-19s win the final one-day match of the series at Worcestershire, pictured with team-mate Dan Lawrence. Picture: ECB - Credit: ECB

Callum Taylor's summer of youth international action has finished on a high after helping England Under-19s to draw their series with Australia.

The series ended 2-2 thanks to England salvaging an exciting four-wicket victory in Worcestershire.

Norfolk and Swardeston all-rounder Taylor was key to the win as well, scoring an important 29 from 20 balls – including two sixes – to keep alive England's hopes of victory.

Six runs were needed from the final over and the 18-year-old scored a four from the first ball, before being caught and bowled by Australia's Liam Hatcher.

With just four balls remaining England still needed two runs and Hampshire off-spinner Brad Taylor found the boundary with just two balls to spare.

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For former Cromer High School pupil Taylor it was an important knock, having been omitted from the team for the penultimate match.

A second-ball duck and no wickets in a drawn four-day match at Durham was recovered by an unbeaten 34 from 39 balls in the second innings at the start of the series.

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He then scored 35 in the first of five one-day games, which Australia won by eight runs, before the second game was abandoned.

The third match saw the Essex CCC youngster dismissed for one but after not being involved in the fourth, he finished well with his vital knock of 20.

'I'm pleased to have made a bit of a contribution at the end there,' Taylor said. 'It was set up before I went in, and the position I bat I've had to go in quite a lot of times in that situation so that was fine.

'I should have been there at the end but we got the win and that's the main thing.'

Team-mate Dan Lawrence, whose 106 off 129 balls had set up the victory, added of his Essex team-mate: 'Callum did really well, he's got that ability to play big shots at the end of the innings when you really need them.'

Taylor will now hope to continue as part of the England Development Programme when England head to Bangladesh for the Under-19 World Cup early next year.

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