Ross Taylor to feature in the Royal London One Day Cup 2019
New Zealand right-handed batsman to set his sails towards Middlesex
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Middlesex have hit the headlines with another notable signing, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor. He is set to feature Royal London One-Day Cup this season. Having amassed 1063 runs at an average of almost 97, the 35-year-old has been in a good form for the past 1 year. Adding to it, Ross Taylor is the leading run-scorer in ODI’s after Virat Kohli post the ICC CWC 2015. Post-2015 WC, Taylor has piled up 2892 runs at an average of 68.86 in 59 ODI’s comprising 8 hundreds and 17 half-centuries. He is second to Kohli’s impressive 78.29 in the same period.
Taylor is set to make his debut against Surrey at the Oval on April 25 and is expected to be available for the last five fixtures of the tournament and the play-off and semifinal too, in case Middlesex qualify. The Right-handed batsman, however, won’t be taking part in the finals which would be held on May 25th as he would be with his National side, taking part in their WC preparations before taking on Sri Lanka in their campaign opener on June 1.
“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,” CricBuzz quoted while Middlesex director Angus Fraser said.
“Eoin and Paul are outstanding one day players 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 Taylor’s undoubted class is a real treat for the Club. He is an outstanding cricketer, and we are looking forward to welcome him to Lord’s in a couple of weeks,” quoted CricBuzz as said by the director of Middlesex.
Middlesex have already roped in the services of retired South African international, AB de Villiers and the teenage spin sensation from Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the T20 Blast in July and August.