The Ashes: James Taylor scores ton as Sussex vs Australia ends in a draw

Updated: 28 July 2013 23:47 IST

James Taylor's dominant innings of 121 was perfectly timed just hours after learning he had been included in the England squad for the third Ashes Test

The Ashes: James Taylor scores ton as Sussex vs Australia ends in a draw

London:

James Taylor underlined his England credentials with an unbeaten century for Sussex against Australia on the final day of the tour match at Hove.

Taylor's dominant innings of 121 was perfectly timed just hours after learning he had been included in the England squad for the third Ashes Test as cover for the injured Kevin Pietersen.

The Nottinghamshire batsman, who guested in the game for Sussex following a request from the England and Wales Cricket Board, proved he is ready to play at Old Trafford on Thursday if Pietersen doesn't recover from a calf injury.

Taylor spent more than five and a half hours at the crease and was the mainstay of the Sussex innings as they scored 368 for seven from their 100 overs, a lead of two runs.

He needed a slice of luck to reach his 16th first-class century when he was dropped by Ashton Agar running back from mid-on when he had scored 90.

Taylor eventually brought up his century by driving Nathan Lyon through the covers for four just before lunch.

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc enhanced his prospects of playing at Old Trafford by ripping out the leg stump of Chris Jordan for 47 in an impressive spell.

Ed Cowan then made an unbeaten 77 as Australia, missing several of their regular Test players including captain Michael Clarke, reached 152 for two in their second innings when the teams shook hands with 16 overs still to go.

Usman Khawaja was promoted to open the batting for Australia in their second innings, but missed his chance to spend some much-needed time in the middle as he was dismissed for just one.

Phil Hughes followed up his 84 from the first innings by making 38 before being dismissed by Lewis Hatchett for the second time in the match when he was trapped lbw.

Hughes put on 85 for the second wicket with Cowan, who made his second half-century of the game with an unbeaten 77, while Matthew Wade avoided a pair by scoring 30 not out.

Australia trail England 2-0 and will be unable to regain the Ashes if they fail to win at Old Trafford.

Topics : Cricket Mickey Arthur James Taylor Shane Watson Kevin Pietersen Glenn McGrath Monty Panesar Joe Root Sussex Australia
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