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Sarah Taylor can excel

Sarah Taylor can excel

Sarah Taylor can excel in the spotlight at the ICC Women's World Cup, according to her former England teammate Claire Taylor.

I'm hoping it hasn't distracted her

Sarah is the most talked about player at the competition, which gets underway in India on 31 January, after revealing that she could potentially play men's 2nd XI cricket for Sussex in the 2013 summer.

Watch: Taylor on England's World Cup squad

Her former teammate and fellow 2009 ICC World Cup winner Claire was measured in response to the question of whether the headlines could have affected Sarah's preparations for the tournament.

"I'm hoping it hasn't distracted her," admitted Claire, who played 168 times for her country and is regarded as one of the finest women players of all time.

"In effect I hope it has actually had the opposite effect and she'll go out now and will show what she's really capable of in the women's game."

England are certainly blessed with both talent and experience in their top five, with captain Charlotte Edwards - the most capped ODI player in the history of women's cricket - Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle among those who have played more than 100 times for their country in all formats.

But it's number three Taylor who has set tongues wagging in recent months, and England hope the 23-year-old MCC Young Cricketer will be making more headlines as the competition progresses.

Claire Taylor is Chairman of MCC's Women's Cricket sub-committee.

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