Taylor ODI record recognised

Clare Taylor 100th ODI bat

Clare is presented with her special bat by Michael Vaughan and ECB chairman David Morgan

Clare Taylor's milestone in becoming the first England player to reach 100 one-day international appearances in women's cricket was recognised with a special presentation at the launch of the ECB's strategic plan for cricket.

Taylor reached three figures during the second one-day match against South Africa prior to the start of the World Cup, becoming only the third person to do so in the history of the women's game.

To mark the achievement, Taylor was called up onto the stage at the strategic plan launch at Featherstone High School in Southall and presented with a commemorative bat by England captain Michael Vaughan.

Taylor admitted the presentation came as a shock and told ecb.co.uk: "Obviously it's a great honour to reach the milestone of 100 ODIs and wickets as well, but it was a bit daunting!

"I had no idea what was going on, none at all. They kept it very quiet and I don't know how I reacted. I got sweaty palms and had to try dry those before I shook Michael Vaughan's hand!

Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor was a key player for England during the 2005 Women's World Cup

"It's nice to have the achievement recognised though and it's a really nice memento. It's got all the series that I've played engraved on it and it will take pride of place in my living room somewhere."

Taylor also completed 100 ODI wickets during the World Cup but, speaking on the day that veteran team-mate Lucy Pearson announced her retirement, insisted she has no plans to call it a day.

"I've had this conversation with a lot of people and my motto is 'you're a long time retired'," said Taylor, who turns 40 in May.

"If you can still do a job, your face still fits and you've been selected then there's no reason not to carry on. The official line is that I'm up for selection.

"If they still think I can do a job then fair do's, if not I'll just walk away and find something else to do."

Taylor takes great pride in her achievement at reaching 100 ODI appearances but does not expect the record to stand for long due to the developments in the women's game.

She explained: "I don't think it will take much beating. I think there's that much cricket going on nowadays and a lot of the girls are starting playing at 19.

England Women/Clare Connor and Arran Brindle

Taylor backs Clare Connor to break her record © Getty Images

"There are a lot more games available and I think someone could go on to reach 200. Somebody like Clare Connor is on 80-odd now and has got another four or five years in her, and the same applies with Charlotte Edwards.

"It's nice to be the first person to do it but it's taken 17 years and I think some of the players around now could do it in 10."

Along with the rest of the squad, Taylor has had time to reflect on England's World Cup campaign and there is still frustration at the semi-final defeat against eventual winners Australia.

"It doesn't make it any easier, we're still disappointed," she admitted. "I think if we'd performed out of our socks and still got beaten then you hold your hands up and say we were beaten by a better team, but I don't think there's that much distance between us.

"Unfortunately it wasn't our day and that's World Cup cricket. It's a one-off game and if you don't turn up you don't win."

One of the biggest consolations is that England face Australia on home soil this summer in the NatWest Women's Series and having beaten previous World Cup holders New Zealand last summer, they have the chance to beat the world champions for a second successive year.

Taylor added: "That's the good thing about it, they're coming here as world champions and it's always nice to knock world champions off their pedestal.

David Collier

Taylor was impressed with David Collier's vision for the future © Getty Images

"I think it will be a close series but even if we end up losing the series 5-0, as long as we give them a run for their money and we learn something from it, that's the main thing."

Taylor also revealed she was impressed by ECB's vision for the future of the game which was set out by chief executive David Collier, with greater emphasis on cricket in the community and the England teams.

"I came here not sceptical but I've been to presentations before and they can lose you after five or 10 minutes but I thought David Collier spoke really well," commented the Yorkshire bowler.

"The plan covers all areas of the game, which is great, it's easy to understand, there's not a lot of jargon in it and it looks like it covers all bases this time.

"They've got some good plans, a good team behind them and I hope it prospers because it's for the good of the game."