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James Taylor

James Taylor admitted Leicestershire have endured contrasting fortunes this season. He told the ECB Cricket Podcast: "It’s not going according to plan in the longer format of the game"

James Taylor believes Leicestershire can re-ignite their disappointing LV= County Championship and Clydesdale Bank 40 campaigns by reaching finals day in the Friends Life t20.

Matthew Hoggard’s men are firmly rooted to the bottom of Division Two after winning just one four-day game all season and cannot reach the CB40 semi-finals.

Yet they comfortably qualified for the last eight of the FLt20, where they will face Kent at Grace Road tomorrow.

Taylor, who has been captaining England Lions this week in their tour match against Sri Lanka A at Scarborough, is desperate to capitalise on their superb form in the shortest form of the game.

He told the ECB Cricket Podcast: “It’s not going according to plan in the longer format of the game and in the Pro40 (sic) but we’re in the quarter-finals and we’ve got a big game on Saturday so the whole county’s really looking forward to it.

“I can’t wait to get back to the shorter format of the game and hopefully get a good win at home and through to the semi-finals.”

Leicestershire lost just two games in 16 matches in the North Group and they agonisingly missed out on top spot to an equally-resurgent Nottinghamshire by one point.

Overseas duo Andrew McDonald and Abdul Razzaq have revitalised the Foxes, with the former topping the run-scoring charts in the group stages with 510 in 15 games at a superb average of 63.75.

Taylor, one of the few players to impress for Leicestershire in all three formats, is averaging over 45 in the FLt20, while Harry Gurney, Razzaq and Claude Henderson, in particular, have excelled with the ball.

The talent in Leicestershire’s ranks is evidently there and the 21-year-old Taylor hopes they can gain a much-needed confidence boost against Rob Key’s men, who they have played in the championship this week.

He added: “It always helps when things aren’t going well to be in a quarter-final like that. It’s a big day for the county as a whole and hopefully that’ll go a long way to put things right and hopefully get our season kickstarted in the longer format of the game too.

“The lads are in a great place in the shorter format of the game. They know their roles and are really confident and we’re looking forward to playing Kent on Saturday.”