Saturday, 5 September 2015, 11:08am
England batsman James Taylor is confident of earning his stripes
Taylor's dismissal for 49 signalled the beginning of the end of England's chances of chasing 305 for six - and they eventually lost by 59 runs to go 1-0 down with four to play in the Royal London Series.
As he prepares for the next encounter, however - at Lord's on Saturday - England's stand-in number three is encouraged by the reaction from Shane Watson when he bowled him as he advanced to try and hit over the top into the leg-side.
The brawny Australian seamer did not say anything as the diminutive Taylor walked past him on his way off, but Watson stared down at his victim in a look which conveyed an apparent mixture of disbelief and disgust - almost as if he had never seen anything like it before on a cricket pitch.
As 25-year-old Taylor tries to re-establish his ODI credentials - filling the pivotal role which has recently belonged to Joe Root, who is being rested for this series - he is encouraged that he may have rattled the opposition with his busy batting.
At the suggestion Watson was perhaps venting the frustration created by his 51-ball innings, Taylor said: "Exactly.
"You always want to make an in impression on the opposition, and you know you have done that when you get a 'send-off'.
"They've done that a number of times, and it's always nice."
Taylor's career-best 98 not out also came against Australia in England's otherwise hapless defeat to the subsequent World Cup winners in their first match of the global tournament in Melbourne last winter.
This time, he was threatening to take the game away from them - until, having announced himself on just two with a straight six off Mitch Marsh from up the wicket, his attempt at repeating the dose cost him.
Taylor is unrepentant, though, confident that his methods will work in the long run - as they have for many years with Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
"When I bat, and especially against a specific bowler who is bowling into my strengths, I go for it," he said.
"It was in my arc, but it was just the execution (that went wrong).
"It is a shot I have played for a number of years now - and people watching international cricket will have seen that when I go big, that's a shot I have played.
"It brings me runs."
The reward outweighs the risk, he believes.
"When you miss you look silly. But that is the way it is," Taylor said.
"When I bat I try and take hindsight out of the equation.
"If I want to take a bowler down, I will go into it wholeheartedly rather than pussy-foot around.
"You saw that when I hit Mitch Marsh over his head on two.
"I'm confident with the shot, and I don't do it half-heartedly.
"The option was there, but I just missed it - and to be fair to Watson, he tailed the ball in, and that might have been my downfall."
Taylor has had to prove himself more than most, it seems, losing his England place several times over the past three years despite a record which might easily have earned him a longer run in the team.
He knows he perhaps owes his latest chance to Root's absence but is adamant he can lay claim to being first-choice somewhere in the middle order.
"I have shown glimpses of what I can do ... and it's up to me to stamp my authority on the number three spot.
"Joe may be resting but I want to be in this squad for as long as possible and make it as hard as possible to be left out.
"It's up to me to do that.
"That's why I was disappointed to not go on (at Southampton), because it was my perfect situation - scoring and controlling the innings."
Taylor's most recent disappointment came when he was surprisingly omitted from the England squad which went on to beat New Zealand in June, despite having led his country for the first time a month earlier in a rain-ruined ODI against Ireland in Dublin.
"When I got whispers of the team (against New Zealand), I was bitterly disappointed," he said.
"But you cannot dwell on that.
"I got over it quickly. I have been knocked down before and got up stronger, and that's the way I try and look at it.
"I try to look at the positives - if I take one step back by not getting selected, I will take a few forward in the future.
"It makes you tougher as a player."
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James Taylor hit 49 for England in the first one-day international