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Taylor: YC move "my best decision"

Sarah Taylor, England Women's key player for the upcoming ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka, says joining the MCC Young Cricketers was the best decision of her career.

It's one of the best things I've ever done

Taylor, 23, has come of age in the England side since joining the YCs in 2011, with her performances on the international stage reflecting a player at the top of her game.

The wicket-keeper batsman has been particularly effective in the T20 format, including in the current series against the West Indies, stepping into the shoes of England's prolific former star Claire Taylor - who retired after a successful 2011 summer. Her performances for England have been rewarded with the ICC's Women's T20 player of the year award.

Sarah, who has replaced her namesake at number three, has been in stunning form with the gloves as well as with the bat, and told Lord's TV she was convinced the decision to move full-time to the Home of Cricket to play a part on the scheme had been a perfect fit.

She said: "It's one of the best things I've ever done. Getting to train at Lord's every day is fantastic... It's probably the best thing I've ever done."

Taylor first represented England as a teenage prodigy in 2006 while still at Brighton College and by 2009 was a double world champion - playing her part in the teams who lifted the 50-over and 20-over trophy's in a glorious few months.

But she arrived at Lord's in 2011 outside the international set-up, having chosen to miss the Ashes defence of the 2010/11 winter to take a break from the demands on England's part-time Women's cricketers.

The YC's presented a different option for Taylor's career to progress at the right pace though.

"It's more looking at international based training for the women's YCs, added Taylor.

"It's brilliant for us. They talk about improving performance, and accelerating improved performance."

Being more internationally focussed has been something made easier for the YC girls in 2012, with MCC's partnership with the ECB enabling the national team coach Mark Lane to handle the day-to-day YC programme - which runs full-time during the summer months.

It's clearly working. The 2012 summer has also seen the likes of Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Elwiss establish themselves in the England team, as well as others such as Danni Wyatt and Taylor improve the consistency of their performances, as England develop new generation of world class cricketers.

The YCs are out in force again for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, and are favourites to regain the title they lost to Australia in 2010. If England return home with the trophy, there will be no small amount of pride on show at Lord's.

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