England’s Taylor relishes 100th ODI

England's Sarah Taylor

Taylor has scored 3,259 runs and taken 74 catches and 40 stumpings in her first 99 ODIs

England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will play her 100th one-day international when they face South Africa on Friday.

The match at Centurion is the second in a three-match series, after England won Sunday’s opener in Benoni.

“I’m not normally too nervous, but I think I’ll be nervous for this one,” Sussex’s Taylor, 26, told BBC Sport.

“Katherine Brunt’s got the potential to take her 100th wicket, so it could be a day of hundreds. It would be nice if someone scored a hundred as well.”

The Centurion centurion

The women’s game has grown significantly since Taylor first came into international cricket as a 17-year-old, with England’s elite players having become fully professional nearly two years ago.

In this series, rather than being out of the limelight at smaller venues such as Potchefstroom, England’s women will play at some of South Africa’s most iconic grounds – the Wanderers in Johannesburg, and Newlands in Cape Town – for the first time.

“You never think you’re going to play at some of these grounds where you’ve watched Test matches on TV,” said Taylor.

“Centurion for my 100th game will be special, I’ll probably brag about that for years.”

Three team-mates from Taylor’s ODI debut are still playing: Charlotte Edwards, Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt

Debut memories

Taylor’s one-day international debut came nearly a decade ago, against India at Lord’s in August 2006.

“It was a great day, and it was at Lord’s which was amazing,” recalls Taylor, who was not required to bat as England made 253-3 on the way to a 100-run victory.

“Claire Taylor scored 156, so I got to enjoy watching that from the balcony.

“And I remember my first catch – Katherine bowled a bouncer, Sulakshana Naik skied it and everybody was celebrating while I was still juggling it.”

Ambitions for the future

Having played in four successful Women’s Ashes sides and won both major ICC limited-overs tournaments in 2009 – and made history by becoming the first woman to play Australian first-grade cricket – what does Taylor still hope to achieve?

“If my body withstands another 100 games, that would be great,” she said.

“I’ve played a lot of cricket, I know my game and the stats don’t really support that so I’d like to be more consistent. But I still want to win World Cups, Ashes and win every series we play.”

And the right-hander has also been impressed by the early signs shown in Mark Robinson’s first series as head coach.

“The way we’ve been approaching our cricket, we’ve not over-analysed anything, we’re just in a good place at the moment,” added Taylor.

“Coming away with the win in the first game, in the fashion which we did was good.

“The coach touched on a few areas in which we could improve. We looked a bit rusty, but he was quick to praise us individually.

“I’m really enjoying my cricket at the moment, the excitement of the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia has carried on here and Mark’s been brilliant.”

Taylor will be the seventh Englishwoman to play 100 ODIs; record holder Charlotte Edwards will be playing her 190th

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