James Taylor celebrated his England recall by completing a century for Sussex as their three-day match against Australia ended in a draw.
Taylor made an unbeaten 121 at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground after being included in a 14-man squad this morning for the third Investec Ashes Test as cover for Kevin Pietersen.
The Nottinghamshire batsman, who guested in the game for Sussex following a request from the ECB, proved he is ready to play at Emirates Old Trafford if Pietersen does not recover from a calf injury by spending more than five and a half hours at the crease.
Taylor was the mainstay of Sussex’s innings as they scored 368 for seven from 100 overs for a lead of two runs.
Ed Cowan made an unbeaten 77 as Australia reached 152 for two in their second innings; the teams shook hands on a draw at 5:20pm with 16 overs still to go.
Taylor needed a slice of luck to reach his 16th first-class century. Having been dropped on 23 yesterday, he was put down again by Ashton Agar running back from mid-on when he had scored 90.
Taylor eventually brought up his hundred - off 233 balls with 11 fours - by driving Nathan Lyon through the covers for four just before lunch.
It was a frustrating morning for the Australia spinner, who was looking to force his way back into the Test side with a good performance, but he finally picked up a wicket by trapping Callum Jackson lbw for 26 to end with figures of 1-99.
Mitchell Starc enhanced his prospects of playing by ripping out the leg stump of Chris Jordan for 47 in an impressive spell and might just have the edge over Jackson Bird.
Usman Khawaja was promoted to open the batting for Australia in their second innings yet missed his chance to spend some much-needed time in the middle as he was dismissed for just one.
Lewis Hatchett, arguably the best of all the bowlers on show, made the breakthrough with Chris Jordan taking the catch at slip.
Phil Hughes followed up his 84 from the first innings by making 38 before being dismissed by Hatchett for the second time in the match when he was pinned in front.
Hughes put on 85 for the second wicket with Cowan, who made his second half-century of the game, while Matthew Wade avoided a pair by scoring 30 not out.
There was no joy for Sussex spinner Monty Panesar, who was also recalled by England today, as he finished with 0-40 from 14 overs, although there was nothing wrong with his control on an unresponsive pitch.