Cup Campaign A ''Dream Come True'' For Taylor
Jan. 10th, 2010
Sixteen year old Miami ninth-grader Steven Taylor is a long way
from his school books as he contemplates his contribution to the
USA's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign.
Taylor is the youngest player in the USA squad. Photo by Shiek
The youngest player in
the USA side, Taylor is a left-hand top order batsman who says the
cricketing experience in Christchurch is amazing. “It’s
very exciting to play in my first World Cup – for me it’s
a big dream come true.”
Adjusting to local conditions
has been a big part of preparation for the USA side, which seldom
gets to play on grass.
played on a grass top before and it skids through more, so you have
to be more alert with your batting. The new ball swings a lot too.”
The USA side has also been getting assistance from New Zealand Cricket
as part of a strategic partnership between the two cricket boards.
Former New Zealand international spin bowler Dipak Patel recently
took a training camp with the U19 squad in Miami, and has also worked
with the side in its Christchurch warm-ups.
Taylor says the input from Patel has been tremendous, and believes
there has been a massive improvement in his side's fielding and
catching performances. “The biggest improvement has come in
our fielding. Most of the time we drop our catches, but Dipak has
showed us how to hold the ball and cushion it – that’s
really helped us.”
Taylor says he's not sure if he will get the nod to play in his
country's first tournament match against Australia, but would love
to have a go at matching himself against a nation he has seen and
read so much about.
watched them play and saw how good they were - they always beat
everybody. So I just want to know if I can play at that level.”
As to his cricketing inspiration - West Indies legend Brian Lara
has helped to motivate Taylor’s long-term dream to go as far
as possible in the game.
Courtesy of ICC