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James William Arthur Taylor (born 6 January 1990, Nottingham) is an English cricketer who currently plays for Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Taylor made his professional debut for Leicestershire on 24 April 2008 in the county championship match against Worcestershire, a club he had had links with as a younger teenager. At the time he was still a pupil in his final year at Shrewsbury School. He was awarded the Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year for his 898 runs for the school that year, at an average of 179.60.
Formerly an opening batsman for England under-19s, he scored his maiden first-class century against Middlesex on 1 May 2009 and followed it with his maiden first-class one-day century against Worcestershire on 6 May 2009, a performance which saw him become Leicestershire's youngest ever player to score a one-day century, taking the record from former England star David Gower.
On August 1 2009, Taylor became the youngest Leicestershire player to score a double century. He finished 207 not out and shared a 230 run partnership with Jacques Du Toit as Leicestershire posted 593/5 dec. He also became the youngest player in Leicestershire's history to score 1000 championship runs in a season.
In September 2009 he was named the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year, ahead of Stuart Broad. He was also named the Professional Cricketers' Association Young Player of the Year.
His nickname at Leicestershire is Titch, due to his diminutive height. This is a nickname he acquired whilst attending his Preparatory school, Maidwell Hall, in Northamptonshire.
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