County news December 1, 2011

James Taylor secures Nottinghamshire move

ESPNcricinfo staff

After weeks of lengthy negotiations the batsman James Taylor has completed his switch from Leicestershire to Nottinghamshire following agreement over compensation to his former county.

Taylor, who has played one ODI against Ireland, still had a year to run on his Leicestershire contract but had made clear his desire to move to Division One in the belief that it will further his England ambitions.

"I'm thankful to Leicestershire for allowing me to speak to other counties as I feel that I will benefit from playing against the best teams in four-day cricket," said Taylor. "Nottinghamshire have a talented squad that can challenge on all fronts and I am pleased to be part of that.

"I will always be grateful to Leicestershire for the part they have played in my development but it is time to move on and I am looking forward to the new season."

Taylor is currently in India with the England performance squad but could yet feature for the senior side in the coming months if changes are made to the one-day team, following the whitewash in India, or in the Test squad if he pushes aside Ravi Bopara. His Championship statistics were a little disappointing in 2011 with 889 runs at 38.65 in 13 matches, but he averaged 58.28 in the CB40.

When he stepped up to England Lions level he hit two hundreds in a three-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A then struck 76 and 98 in the one-off Test. Overall his first-class average is an impressive 49.82

"James is already on England's radar and we hope that he can play a part for us on his way to realising his international ambitions," said Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell. "This is a significant signing for us and we hope that he can make an impact in all competitions.

"There was a lot of interest from counties for James's signature and we are very pleased that he has chosen to commit to Nottinghamshire."

Taylor is the second England batsman to join Nottinghamshire ahead of the 2012 season following Michael Lumb's arrival from Hampshire and Newell is still exploring further signings.

"We lost Mark Wagh and Ali Brown last season but James and Michael are fitting replacements and they were our primary targets," he said. "The international calendar may also present us with an opportunity to recruit an overseas batsman and we're exploring that to see if we can do a deal with the right player."

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  • Cricinfouser on December 4, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, Leicester obviously didn't thinkl that a disgruntled player was any use to them, particularly if they could get cash for him now. I doubt if they would accept that Taylor playing for them would 'cost him a place in the test squad'. This seems a rather simplistic statement unsupported by any evidence.

    I was merely stating the obvious, namely that 'the time to move on' is when a player's contract expires. Pretending otherwise is disingenuous.

  • John on December 3, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    @clarke501, do you really think that Taylor should be held to that contract if it could cost him a place in the England test squad? Leics obviously didn't. If you were in his place, would you make that sacrifice? I would expect that pretty much every cricketer would have ambitions to play at the highest level that they could. I think that it's unreasonable to deny an obviously talented player that opportunity.

  • Cricinfouser on December 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    'I will always be grateful to Leicestershire for the part they have played in my development but it is time to move on'

    Not quite, you signed a contract to play for Leicestershire in 2012. The 'time to move on' is when that contract expires.

  • Jason on December 2, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Where does Taylor normally bat in the order? As I recall that the ECB had requested Leicester give him more opportunities to bat at the top of the order. I wonder if Notts will receive the same request. In the end its a good move for him as he'll be playing in the CC1 rather than the CC2, which if he does well will give the England selectors something to ponder.

  • Nigel on December 2, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Ironically, Mick Newell claimed at the end of last season that Notts were in the bottom half of the County Championship in terms of the salaries paid, so he obviously could have moved elsewhere if it was about the money.

  • John on December 2, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    It's a shame but I can't say I blame him. I would think that this is more about playing division 1 rather than playing for any particular county. If Leics could have gained promotion, even if they had not done especially well, then I'd guess that Taylor would have stayed put. It seems to be more about playing AGAINST the best rather than playing WITH the best.

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    @D.S.A. - Ashley Giles is at Warks, not Notts.

  • Ross on December 1, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    It's also probably worth mentioning that every time Taylor plays for England (assuming he does) Leicestershire will get a 'development fee' from the ECB as a reward for producing him in the first place, as they do now with Stuart Broad.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Compensation package or transfer fee? Leics could do with the money to bring in some decent players. Small counties living below the bread line - ie. basically funded by the ecb, will, in the future, either have to sell to make ends meet or fold.

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    @swannyforengland. Rich clubs inthe south? Or rich clubs that have the extra benefit of test cricket to fill their lockers and aloow them to spend 'transfer fees' fo players.

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