Taylor makes Grace Road move

10 January 2018 07:43:51 EST

Leicestershire have signed talented young seam bowler Tom Taylor following his departure from Derbyshire.

The 23-year-old, who has taken 64 first-class wickets in 25 appearances, has signed an initial contract for the 2018 season after leaving Derby by mutual consent.

Taylor's maiden first-class wicket was that of South Africa international Hashim Amla and his first five-for followed against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.

"I am really pleased to be joining Leicestershire and taking on this exciting new challenge in my career. I am looking forward to working with new head coach Paul Nixon and his assistant John Sadler, who I really enjoyed working with at Derbyshire," Taylor said.

Nixon added: "Tom is a quality seamer who has started his career well with the ball and he will add strength to our seam department. Tom is also a very capable batsman and we are delighted to add him to our squad ahead of the new season."

Derbyshire have signed ex-West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul on a three-year deal and will partner him with South African paceman Hardus Viljoen for the new ball in first-class cricket.

The Midlands county are also trailing a bowler as their overseas player for the first half of 2018.

Meanwhile, England are 9/4 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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