Perth: Ecstatic to have scored in a pressure situation, England batsman James Taylor yesterday said he derived a lot of satisfaction after his side pulled off a win against India from a tricky position to secure a place in the ODI tri-series final.
James Taylor en route his 122-ball 82 against India in Perth yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Chasing a modest target of 201, England were tottering at 66 for five at one stage but staged a gritty fightback through Taylor (82) and Jos Buttler (67), as their stand steered the team to a three-wicket win with 19 balls to spare.
"I'm delighted to make a score in a pressure situation, that's what I pride myself on, finishing games and winning games. The way I was playing until 60-odd for five, I was struggling myself. But I managed to get through that and work the ball around. I know my game extremely well now. I wasn't playing my best cricket but I did a job and that's what I do," Taylor said at the post-match press conference.
"It's not the prettiest but I like to think it's effective a lot of the time," he said. England now take on hosts Australia during Sunday's final, which will also be held
here. Taylor admitted that England did not play their best cricket yesterday but showed some real character. "This isn't everything but enough to be going on with for a start," said Taylor.
"In a perfect world it wouldn't have got that tight. Sixty for five isn't ideal but we showed some real character. It's a great result for us. Taylor, who came in at No. 3, put on a 125-run stand for the sixth wicket with Buttler, marking a great turn-around for the English team ahead of the upcoming World Cup, starting on February 14.