Newell delight at Taylor signing

09 March 2018 10:51:25 EST

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell believes the club have acquired a world-class performer in overseas recruit Ross Taylor.

The former New Zealand captain crashed an unbeaten 181 earlier this week to down England and set up a one-day series decider in Hamilton on Saturday.

"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," said Newell.

"He is just what we were looking for to strengthen the top order of our four-day batting line-up, where we have lost the likes of Michael Lumb and Brendan Taylor from last year, and his aggressive style suits the type of 50-over cricket we look to play.

"With Ross suffering a recurrence of a previous quad injury in his century for New Zealand against England on Wednesday, we have been monitoring his fitness, which delayed the announcement of the signing by us.

"We will continue to check in with Ross and the New Zealand team's medical staff, but he's confident that he will be fully fit come the start of our season."

Last year, Notts began the season with Australian seamer James Pattinson but have reverted to a batsman as their import for the return to the County Championship's top-flight.

Meanwhile, England are 5/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 5/1 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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