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Catching the eye in Ireland

Posted in England team blog

I was really pleased to be called up to the England one-day squad for the match against Ireland. I have dreamt about playing for my country ever since I first picked up a cricket bat.

I got the news a few days before the squad was made public. I had actually forgotten about the game so to see Geoff Miller's name flashing on my phone was a bit of a surprise. He told me I was in the squad and to keep the news to myself until the announcement.

Geoff's call came in the middle of our game with Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay. I was 30-odd not out overnight so it was easy to forget about the England call-up and focus on my innings the following day. I was pleased to go out and turn that into a hundred.

That was my third hundred in 10 days, so my call-up could not have come at a better time. Before the Glamorgan game I hit two centuries for England Lions against Sri Lanka A.

I'm really confident with how I am hitting the ball at the moment and hopefully I can carry that form into the game with Ireland, if I make the final XI.

I'm not getting carried away with the news though. I'm looking at it as the first step to achieving my goal of being a permanent fixture in the one-day squad. I want to play Test cricket too.

This is a great opportunity for me. I want to get into the squad for the one-day series with India and getting some runs against Ireland, if I am picked on the day, could help me get selected.

That squad gets announced on Friday so I'll be hoping for some good news. I'm still young though. I'm only 21 so there is plenty of time if my name isn't on the list.

James Taylor

I feel like I am playing well at the moment so getting called up into the squad for the Ireland game has come at the right time

I think I have played with all of the guys who are going to Ireland so that will make walking into the England dressing room for the first time a less daunting proposition.

Ireland are a strong side and everyone remembers their victory against us in the World Cup. We won't take them lightly.

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