New Zealand’s premier batsman Ross Taylor has been signed by Middlesex for the second leg of the Royal London One-Day Cup. It certainly means that Taylor will fly to England to participate in this year’s competition before 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Ross Taylor will make his debut for Middlesex against Surrey at The Oval on 25th April and is expected to be available for the last five games of the competition. He is expected to play for Middlesex if they reach the semifinals of the tournament which will be played on 12th May.
The New Zealand middle-order batsman is expected to join the national side for their World Cup warm-up game against India that will be played at The Oval.
Taylor has signed by Middlesex as a replacement for the likes of Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling, who won’t be available for the side due to their national duties. Middlesex Managing Director, Angus Fraser said that expressed his pleasure of signing Taylor for this year’s competition. He said that it will certainly bolster their chances given Taylor’s ominous form in the 50-over format in past six months.
Eoin Morgan will lead England for the five-match one-day series against Pakistan that will be played at home. Paul Stirling also will be playing for Ireland as they participate in a Tri-series featuring West Indies and Bangladesh. It is certainly a setback of sorts as Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling will not be available for Middlesex for the second leg of the competition.
Taylor will come into this year’s competition on the back of stupendous form shown in the limited-overs format for New Zealand. Since 2015 Cricket World Cup, Taylor has certainly enjoyed his best purple patch with the bat and scored 2892 runs in 59 matches. He has struck eight centuries and seventeen half-centuries during this period. He has been a bankable performer for New Zealand in the past four years in one-day cricket