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Cricket news - Middlesex sign Ross Taylor for One-Day Cup

Taylor is set to get valuable match practice ahead of the World Cup

Ross Taylor will get to spend considerable amount of time playing 50-over cricket in England before the 2019 World Cup as Middlesex have announced his signing for the business end of the One-Day Cup.

The New Zealand batsman will make his Middlesex debut against Surrey at the Oval on April 25, and is expected to be available for the last five fixtures of the tournament as well as the play-off and semi-final on May 10 and 12 respectively, should the team make it.

Taylor will not be available for the final on May 25 at Lord's as it clashes with New Zealand's World Cup warm-up fixture, against India at the Kennington Oval.

Taylor comes in at a time when Middlesex will be without the likes of Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling in the second half of the tournament, the former's departure owing to national commitments as part of their tune-up to the showpiece event. Angus Fraser, the managing director of cricket for Middlesex, hailed the chance to fill that void with a player of Taylor's calibre as a 'real treat' for the club.

"The pre World Cup schedules of England and Ireland mean that Middlesex will be without Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling for more than half of the Royal London One-Day Cup. Eoin and Paul are outstanding one-day cricketers and we were keen to strengthen our resources on the back of their absence during the 2nd half of the tournament.

"To have the opportunity to fill these gaps with a player of Ross's undoubted class is a real treat for the Club. He is an outstanding cricketer and a cracking man, and we look forward to welcoming him to Lord's in a couple of weeks time," Fraser said.

Taylor arrives at the club in the midst of his biggest ODI purple patch, with an average 68.86 since the end of 2015 World Cup. In this period, he has played in 59 ODIs, scoring 2892 runs with 8 100s and 17 50s. The staggering average is only second best to Virat Kohli's 78.29 in the same timeframe.

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