Taylor agrees Trent Bridge deal

08 March 2018 07:32:14 EST

New Zealand matchwinner Ross Taylor has joined Nottinghamshire for the first half of the 2018 county season.

The agreement will see the 34-year-old batsman stay at Trent Bridge until the end of June, making him available for eight County Championship matches and all eight Royal London Cup group games, plus the knockout stages should the current holders progress that far once again.

Earlier this week, the powerful right-hander hit an unbeaten 181 against England to level the one-day series in New Zealand at 2-2 with one game to play.

He has scored 6,246 runs in 83 Tests at an average of 48.04, with 17 hundreds, along with another 7,267 runs in 203 one-day Internationals at 46.28.

"I'm really excited about joining Nottinghamshire as they return to Division One of the County Championship and I hope I can play an important part in helping them become re-established at the higher level," said Taylor.

"It's also great to be joining a team who are defending a white-ball trophy, with the club having won the Royal London One-Day Cup last summer, and hopefully the team can mount a strong challenge again.

"I've enjoyed playing against England for New Zealand in the early part of this year and I'm looking forward to testing myself in the early-season English conditions when I arrive at Trent Bridge for the start of the new season."

The former Black Caps captain previously played for Durham and then captained Sussex in Twenty20 Blast cricket.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are 7/5 to win the fifth and final ODI against England, with the tourists 4/7, while Taylor is 4/1 to be top team batsman for the Black Caps.

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