England A vs Sri Lanka A – Unofficial Test
England Lions skipper James Taylor pushed his claims for a place in next week’s third Test squad after falling just short of a century in the drawn match with Sri Lanka A at Scarborough.
Taylor has been mentioned as a possible England replacement for Jonathan Trott, who is struggling to prove his fitness for the Edgbaston Test, and he did his chances no harm with an impressive performance on the Yorkshire coast.
The 21-year-old Leicestershire right-hander followed his first innings 76 with a fluent 98 on Friday – falling short of a deserved century when he was bowled by Sachithra Serasinghe.
Taylor’s dismissal ended a 146-run stand with Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who himself further enhanced his growing reputation with an unbeaten 109 from 133 balls.
That enabled the Lions to declare at 415 for five and set the tourists a notional victory target of 326 from 43 overs.
The Sri Lankans did not attempt to run down the target, preferring to use the remaining time as batting practice and finished on 127 for none.
“To play for England Lions is a great privilege and to score runs is very pleasing, particularly here at Scarborough,” Bairstow said afterwards.
“It was important that James Taylor and I put in a solid performance today to give us a big enough lead and it was a shame that James didn’t quite get his hundred.
“I’m back with Yorkshire now for the next few days before the one-day series next week which by the looks of this Sri Lankan side will be a competitive series.”
The first match in the one-day series is due to be played at Worcester on August 12.