A teenage prodigy, it came as little surprise when Taylor announced himself in 2009.
In his first full season, the right-hander struck 1,184 LV= County Championship runs at an average of 66, including three hundreds and six fifties.
Taylor won the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year and was voted NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year by his fellow professionals as a result.
He impressed on the England Performance Programme in South Africa that winter and was chosen to play in the United Arab Emirates with England Lions.
Another fine county season, in which he again passed 1,000 runs, ensured his inclusion in the EPP squad that toured Australia and the Lions party that played in the West Indies.
Taylor was in the frame for an England spot in the aftermath of Paul Collingwood's retirement but the number six spot went to Eoin Morgan.
Instead, Taylor made his senior England debut in a one-day international with Ireland at Dublin during August 2011, a month in which he was also a Friends Life t20 winner with Leicestershire. Despite that success with the Foxes, he joined Nottinghamshire that December.
Having led England Lions the previous summer, he remained captain for the tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka plus the visit of West Indies in 2012.
Taylor could not match his first-class returns for Leicestershire in his maiden season at Trent Bridge, but hit a List A-best 115 not out from 77 balls in a Clydesdale Bank 40 game with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl en route to 385 competition runs at an average of 64.16.
He made his Test debut in the second match with South Africa at Headingley Carnegie that summer and kept his place for the last game at Lord's. However, he had to wait for another Test appearance.
Having impressed when touring with the Lions over the winter, Taylor began the season exceptionally for Notts and subsequently earned a place in England's squad for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
He would not feature in Manchester but centuries for both the Lions against Bangladesh A and while moonlighting for Sussex versus the touring Australians ensured he remained firmly in the selectors' thoughts.