Taylor seeks perfection
England Lions captain James Taylor has challenged his side to produce the perfect game in Chittagong tomorrow and take the lead in the one-day series against Bangladesh A.
Now, with the teams ready to meet for the third and final time at Chittagong before heading to Sylhet, Taylor hopes the tourists can build on Tuesday's confidence-boosting victory.
"We have a great opportunity to go ahead in the series," Taylor told ecb.co.uk.
"Tuesday wasn't a completely perfect game and there are still areas we can work on. We can get better. We have the momentum and are backing ourselves to win."
In that first game England Lions did not recover from 38 for four and were bowled out for a modest 139, losing their last five wickets for just 17 runs. The home side cruised home with 17 overs to spare.
"We had a blip in the first ODI," conceded Taylor. "We did not score enough runs but it was more of a case of Bangladesh bowling well than us getting out. We lost wickets in clumps though which didn't help."
England Lions avenged that defeat two days later with Stuart Meaker taking four wickets to help dismiss Bangladesh for 176 - a total which included an unbeaten 99 from Mohammad Nazimuddin.
In reply Jason Roy was bowled first ball and Joe Root soon followed but Taylor and James Vince repaired most of the early damage before Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler carried England Lions home with more than 12 overs remaining.
"We got all the disciplines right in the second ODI," said Taylor.
"We bowled well up front with Meaker getting wickets and Brooks keeping it tight at the other end. They bowled well in partnership as did the spinners who shut things down in the middle overs. We fielded and batted well too."
Taylor admitted that England Lions have had to rethink their approach to batting since arriving at Chittagong.
"It's going to be a war of attrition," he predicted. "The wicket is so slow and low that you need to be patient when you bat. In England you look for a strike-rate of 100 but here it's very different. When the spinners are bowling in the middle overs you have to accept there might be the odd maiden."
In his first tour as captain following a successful stint in charge over the summer, the 22-year-old believes he is growing into the role.
"I'm more relaxed and confident with the captaincy now," he said.
"It can be stressful at times because you can't switch off during a game. You live every ball. In the past I could switch off once I was out but that's not the case anymore. I'm enjoying it though and it helps having some good people around to help me out."