Taylor made up to share experience

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Heather Knight

Heather Knight said: “It’s amazing to have these people around you to learn from”

Sarah Taylor may only be 20, but she is happy to offer advice to fellow upcoming members of England women’s ICC World Twenty20 squad.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Taylor, a veteran of last year’s Ashes, World Cup and World Twenty20 wins, has recently returned to the England set-up following a hip injury.

With 50 one-day internationals, 14 Twenty20 internationals and four Tests under her belt, she is willing to share that experience with the likes of Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight and Danielle Wyatt.

However, Taylor admits that it is sometimes useful to point to the greater know-how of captain Charlotte Edwards, star batsman Claire Taylor and bowling spearhead Katherine Brunt.

“They do approach and ask questions, which is fantastic, and I am only 20 so it’s quite strange - some of them are only a year younger than me,” she told ECBtv.

“But I’ve been around for a bit, and they take on the experience of the likes of Claire, the likes of Charlotte and also Katherine as well, bowling-wise.

“The experience is there and the youngsters are there so it’s all going really well - gelling well.”

One such youngster is Knight, who only made her international debut on March 1 in an ODI against India in Mumbai.

The 19-year-old batsman had replaced Taylor, who injured her hip earlier on that tour.

Knight revealed she is keen to learn all she can ahead of England’s World Twenty20 Group A opener against Australia on Wednesday.

She told ECBtv: “I’m trying to learn as much as I can from Lottie [Charlotte Edwards] - they’ve won two World Cups and an Ashes series within the last year - and Claire Taylor, the best batter in the world, Lottie’s in the top five and also Sarah Taylor as well.

“It’s amazing to have these people around you to learn from really.”

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