Middlesex rope in Ross Taylor during Royal London Cup
Middlesex have made a marquee signing by purchasing the services of experienced Ross Taylor for this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup. Taylor is certainly in the form of his life as he has scored a staggering 1,063 runs at an average of almost 97 in his past year of ODI cricket.
Taylor will be looking forward to making a debut for Middlesex on April 25 against Surrey at The Oval. He is available to play in the final five group games of the tourney.
If Middlesex make it for the knockout stages of the tourney, Ross Taylor would play in the play-off and semi-final on May 10 and 12 respectively.
Ross Taylor will not play final
Needless to say, Kiwis’ own physical, mental and tactical preparations for the World Cup will stop Taylor from being appearing for final on May 25. Their tournament opener is scheduled to take place against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1, a week later
“The pre-World Cup schedules of England and Ireland mean that Middlesex will be without Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling for more than half of the Royal London One-Day Cup,” said Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s director of cricket.
“Eoin and Paul are outstanding one-day cricketers and we were keen to strengthen our resources on the back of their absence during the second half of the tournament.
“To have the opportunity to fill these gaps with a player of Ross’ undoubted class is a real treat for the Club.
“He is an outstanding cricketer and a cracking man, and we look forward to welcoming him to Lord’s in a couple of weeks time.”
Though in a different tourney, Middlesex have also purchased the services of the former South Africa batsman, AB de Villiers, who will spice it up in the T20 Blast in July and August alongside Bangladesh spinner, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.