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Taylor: Lions will learn from loss

By Liam Blackburn

Captain James Taylor believes England Lions will have learned plenty from their recent triangular series defeat to New Zealand A at New Road.

Taylor admitted his side, who had produced such impressive performances to see off Sri Lanka A at New Road and at Taunton, were second best to the Black Caps - as they were at Bristol - in a seven-wicket defeat under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Captain James Taylor was one of four England Lions players to have scored centuries during the triangular series tournament

The visitors had Hamish Rutherford's brilliant 95 to thank as they chased down the Lions' 255 for eight with 21 balls to spare.

Taylor admits the damage was done when his men fell to 89 for five but thinks the battling qualities they showed in posting a respectable total bodes well for the future.

"We are massively disappointed not to win the tournament with the calibre of players we've got in the side but it's a learning experience for all of us," he told ecb.co.uk.

"We were beaten by the better side in both games and they deserved this one.

"They’ve got some extremely experienced players in their ranks with both the bat and the ball."

There were number of positives to emerge from the series with Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Taylor and Alex Hales all recording centuries. David Willey also caught the eye with the ball, taking 5-62 in the first defeat to New Zealand A.

"It's up to us to learn from the things that we did well and not so well," added Taylor.

"It was nice to see the guys chipping in with the bat - a number of us got hundreds - and Willey chipped in with a five-for in Bristol so there are some positives to take out of it.

"We played extremely well when we played Sri Lanka. When we played New Zealand they put us on the back foot and they played better cricket in both of the games."

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