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Sarah on standby for Sussex second XI

London: England women’s wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor is on standby to play for Sussex’s second XI side this summer.

Taylor, one of the leading players in women’s cricket, is preparing to travel to India later this week as England attempt to defend the 50-over World Cup they won four years ago, but revealed she could turn out in a men’s county match if required by Sussex.

Supporting the 23-year-old’s cause is the national women's coach, Mark Lane, and Taylor is aware the challenge would be “daunting” should it materialise.

“Mark is looking at me getting some games with the second XI at Sussex and that will be just phenomenal cricket," Taylor said. “The plan is also for me to play some early season games for the MCC boys. Mark is trying to get me a lot of men’s cricket which can only help my game.

“It’s just a case of here could be an opportunity for me. Someone at Sussex approached Mark and asked if there was anyone who could keep [wicket] and Laney, being Laney, was quick to back me.

“It’s daunting but it’s brilliant that he backs me to do it in men’s cricket. The MCC also approached him about me playing for them. Part of me knows it would be phenomenal. But there's part of me doubting myself. I've just got to start believing in myself a little bit more. But I would love to do it.”