Ross Taylor To Rejoin Sussex For NatWest T20 Blast
Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor will return to his English County side Sussex as an overseas player for the 2017 NatWest Twenty20 Blast, the club confirmed on Tuesday.
“I am delighted to be returning to Sussex for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast,” Taylor said in a club statement.
In 2016, the 32-year Ross Taylor played for Sussex Sharks when the side finished sixth on the ladder.
“I really enjoyed my time on the South Coast last season and hope we can really make an impact in the Blast this coming campaign,” Taylor said.
The Wellington-born right-handed batsman Taylor has played in different T20 domestic leagues, which includes Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League.
Taylor is eager to play for the club while expressing the team has a great combination on offer.
“The squad is looking very strong with a great balance of experience and exciting young talent. I can’t wait to join up with Luke, Davo and the rest of the staff once again,” Taylor remarked.
In his last outing, he played all formats for Sussex, led by Luke Wright.
However, the Sussex coach Mark Davis is excited to have Taylor in the team.
“Not only is Ross a world-class player, but a fantastic role model to our younger players. We are thrilled to have Ross joining us for the T20 competition,” Davis said.
In 10 T20 games, Taylor amassed 394 runs at an average of 56.28 for Sussex in 2016.
“He was outstanding in the competition last season and to have him back is brilliant for the club,” Davis concluded.
His best score came against Gloucestershire, when he smashed a 48-ball unbeaten 93.
Taylor, who made his international debut in 2006, has played 177 One-Day Internationals, 80 Tests and 73 T20Is for Kiwis.
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