Taylor, who scored his 204* admittedly on a decent pitch that Ed Joyce had already reached 200 on, remains in my own Ashes XI:
... but he does not seem to make many other lists. The constant selection of Bairstow, who seems to have the holy favour without Taylor having done anything wrong to warrant his own losing of it, accounts for the latter's exclusion from the starting XI for most. For some others it is the stupefying perseverance with Bresnan as part of a five-man attack, or the even more flabbergasting selection of Bopara. If Taylor has been robbed of his shot - momentarily, I suspect - then Bopara has surely timed-out with his.
Root's promotion to opener at the expense of Compton should have been the perfect opportunity for Taylor to resume his progression to the national team. I have been forever excited about him, ("James Taylor", July 2012). Instead, the debut during which he was so impressive ("Hunting big game", August 2012) remains his only opportunity - so far.