Nottinghamshire have signed New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for the opening half of the 2018 season. The right-handed batsman was due to be announced as the latest arrival at Trent Bridge yesterday morning, however circumstances outside of the Specsavers County Championship Division One side’s control meant the announcement was delayed.
Taylor, a former New Zealand captain, has already experienced playing in England’s County system, having played for Durham and Sussex, but now arrives in the midlands for the first half of this season.
34-year-old Taylor scored 181* on Wednesday as New Zealand levelled their ODI series at 2-2 with a five-wicket win over England in Dunedin.
The right-hander – who averages 48 with the bat in Tests and 46 in ODIs – is expected to reach full fitness in time for the start of the County Championship season on 13 April, despite concerns surrounding the thigh injury which he sustained during his match winning innings against England.
Taylor will also be available to play for the Royal London One Day Cup holders in the knock-out stages of the competition, including the final.
Speaking after signing the experienced New Zealander, Nottinghamshire’s director of Cricket, Mick Newell, said: “Ross is a world-class performer who brings with him an excellent record at the highest level in both red and white-ball cricket, as well as plenty of experience.
“He is just what we were looking for to strengthen the top order of our four-day batting line-up, where we have lost Michael Lumb and Brendan Taylor from last year, and his aggressive style suits the type of 50-over cricket we look to play.”
Nottinghamshire open their County Championship season at the Emirates Old Trafford against Lancashire on 13 April.
By Matt Lee