Taylor looks to take county form to CWC15

12 Nov

From Leicestershire Mercury

Leicestershire all-rounder Rob Taylor is in the thick of a busy winter programme with his eyes firmly set on playing at the 2015 World Cup, in Australia and New Zealand, for Scotland.

While County endured a difficult season, Taylor was one of few to emerge with his reputation enhanced having made genuine progress with both bat and ball. He is likely to be a key figure for Leicestershire in 2015.

Before that, though, he wants to make his mark with Scotland at the World Cup and, since the end of the domestic season, he has already featured heavily for the Saltires on tour to Australia and New Zealand.

Taylor sees no reason why Scotland cannot take a few scalps along the way.

"One of Scotland's main goals is to beat a top nation in a ODI and the World Cup is the perfect time for us to achieve that," he said.

If they can replicate the success of the Irish team, Taylor also thinks it will earn many of his team-mates a chance of picking up a county contract.

As with Ireland, that can only benefit the Scots in years to come.

"A couple of years down the line, a few guys hopefully will get picked up by counties," he said. "I don't see why we can't match Ireland in the long run."

Scotland have not qualified for the World Cup since 2007.

Make no bones about it, though, Scotland are determined to compete.

"We have got a pretty balanced side, with batsmen who can build an innings, while others can play more freely around them," said Taylor.

"Preston Mommsen is a very talented player. He had a great qualifying tournament.

"Our bowling is a mix of guys who can swing the ball and couple of guys with some extra pace.

"We have a good spinner in Majid Haq, who will give us control through the middle of the innings."

Although Scotland are keen to put their stamp on this World Cup, they are not playing up their chances.

Rob Taylor has impressed on all fronts

"We have to be realistic but there are certain games that we will be looking to target," said Taylor.

Scotland's scheduled game against England is at the forefront of Taylor's mind and, on a pitch where he has experienced good times before, he will be looking for more success.

"I have great memories of playing at Hagley Oval in Christchurch," he said, "so hopefully I can take confidence into the game against England.

"Getting the chance to play both host nations in front of their home crowds will also be great experience."

Taylor knows he has a chance to shine.

"I will be looking to play a large part in Scotland's plans," he said. "I feel my performances in qualifying, as well as the team performances, will put us in a good position to compete.

"My role as a batsman doesn't change. I tend to bat in the middle order looking to finish off an innings or build for the back end if we have lost wickets early.

"I have taken the new ball a few times using my ability to swing it early on but also play a role through the middle, too, with variations."

By Andy Moore

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