County news December 1, 2011

James Taylor secures Nottinghamshire move

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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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  • shillingsworth 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • shillingsworth 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.

  • YorkshirePudding 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.

  • Supersax 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • on December 2, 2011, 0:56 GMT

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

  • allblue 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • shillingsworth 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • shillingsworth 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.

  • YorkshirePudding 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.

  • Supersax 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.

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • on December 2, 2011, 0:56 GMT

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

  • allblue 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on December 1, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    I don't know what the state the other counties are in, but if Leicestershire are anything to go by it's no wonder that the cream of the crop move on to other counties - primarily those that are regular Test grounds.

    I don't blame Taylor for moving, in fact it was inevitable that he would. If you look at their business this winter - they lose McDonald (OK, visa issues), Nixon retires and they recruit van Jaarsfeld...who is 37 and he then backs out on them. Hardly a step for the future.

    They don't have any money to attract younger players and are not likely to have any substantial money in the near future. As a few people have noted already, player movements like this will become more common and counties like Leicestershire will always, sadly, be part of the have nots in the financial stakes. The way forward, to my mind, for the benefit of England in the future and a thriving domestic game is regional cricket based around the Test grounds....but that's a different discussion altogether

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    @maximum6 on (December 01 2011, 14:17 PM GMT) - I always like to see see counties keep hold of the players they nurtured. However Leics had an awful season this year and on that basis you can't blame the guy for wanting to go up a league. It's going to be hard enough to get in the England side as it is

  • PanGlupek on December 1, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Must say I'm not totally convinced it's necessary to be playing in Div 1 to get an England call-up: Ok, so Div 1 is almost certainly a better standard, and probably marginally more players who get call-ups do play in Div 1, but to name a few, Finn, Bopara, Morgan, Dernbach & Tremlett all spring to mind as guys who have got the nod from the lower tier in (fairly) recent times.

    The most likely way to force yourself into the England side seems to be to perform well for the Lions rather than your county. Do more Div 1 players get Lions call-ups than Div 2? I honestly don't know, but suspect not.

  • Optic on December 1, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    You can't blame the lad for wanting to further his career, instead of playing in a team at the bottom of division 2 with only one win all season. Taylor obviously has England hopes and it will do him some good facing the higher quality bowling of Division 1, yes it's a shame for Leic but it's the way of all professional sports, that money talks and players want to show off their talents at the highest level.

  • davidjewsbury on December 1, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    maximum 6- I'm afraid it happens in most sports, and is to be expected. Taylor wants to play Test Cricket and therefore wants to play against the best teams, which playing in Div 1 will enable him to. Who would you rather play for in his position? The club that won the wooden spoon (and T20, granted), or a club that challenges in most formats on a regular basis?

  • D.S.A on December 1, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Agreed Maximum6. It should be expected to happen more often if smaller counties are lucky enough to produce good players, as these players will then be poached due to someone like Ashley Giles having a dual role with a county (Nottinghamshire in his case) and England, yet claiming that there isn't a conflict of interests. Ridiculous. It will make Notts's failure all the more spectacular if...when they don't win the county championship, division 1 title.

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    i tend to agree maxi but u can understand players wanting to better or at least think they can better themselves. but as in football with man city/chelsea, most would like it to be their club. as a lancs supporter we dont seem to get these players moore a couple of years ago been the last i think. dpk

  • swannyforengland on December 1, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Given that James Taylor was born in Nottingham, I shouldn't call it a sad day. He's going back to the county he was born in, so that he can play a higher standard of cricket, at a test venue, with a view to becoming an England regular. Leicestershire could quite easily have made Taylor stay, but given their showing in the County Championship last year, they no doubt realised that the best way for Taylor to further his own career is to move on. Notts don't spend massive lumps of cash on player wages, if it was all about money he'd have gone South, to the richer clubs.

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    the main reason he's moved is so he can play in division 1 county championship as the ECB seem to have told him he needs to prove himself

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 1, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    This is quite a sad day for cricket. It should be possible for a small club to keep hold of its more talented players, rather than be a feed for the 'supercounty'. The county system is about 18 counties and each is important in its own way.

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  • 2.14istherunrate on December 1, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    This is quite a sad day for cricket. It should be possible for a small club to keep hold of its more talented players, rather than be a feed for the 'supercounty'. The county system is about 18 counties and each is important in its own way.

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    the main reason he's moved is so he can play in division 1 county championship as the ECB seem to have told him he needs to prove himself

  • swannyforengland on December 1, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Given that James Taylor was born in Nottingham, I shouldn't call it a sad day. He's going back to the county he was born in, so that he can play a higher standard of cricket, at a test venue, with a view to becoming an England regular. Leicestershire could quite easily have made Taylor stay, but given their showing in the County Championship last year, they no doubt realised that the best way for Taylor to further his own career is to move on. Notts don't spend massive lumps of cash on player wages, if it was all about money he'd have gone South, to the richer clubs.

  • bumsonseats on December 1, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    i tend to agree maxi but u can understand players wanting to better or at least think they can better themselves. but as in football with man city/chelsea, most would like it to be their club. as a lancs supporter we dont seem to get these players moore a couple of years ago been the last i think. dpk

  • D.S.A on December 1, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Agreed Maximum6. It should be expected to happen more often if smaller counties are lucky enough to produce good players, as these players will then be poached due to someone like Ashley Giles having a dual role with a county (Nottinghamshire in his case) and England, yet claiming that there isn't a conflict of interests. Ridiculous. It will make Notts's failure all the more spectacular if...when they don't win the county championship, division 1 title.

  • davidjewsbury on December 1, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    maximum 6- I'm afraid it happens in most sports, and is to be expected. Taylor wants to play Test Cricket and therefore wants to play against the best teams, which playing in Div 1 will enable him to. Who would you rather play for in his position? The club that won the wooden spoon (and T20, granted), or a club that challenges in most formats on a regular basis?

  • Optic on December 1, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    You can't blame the lad for wanting to further his career, instead of playing in a team at the bottom of division 2 with only one win all season. Taylor obviously has England hopes and it will do him some good facing the higher quality bowling of Division 1, yes it's a shame for Leic but it's the way of all professional sports, that money talks and players want to show off their talents at the highest level.

  • PanGlupek on December 1, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Must say I'm not totally convinced it's necessary to be playing in Div 1 to get an England call-up: Ok, so Div 1 is almost certainly a better standard, and probably marginally more players who get call-ups do play in Div 1, but to name a few, Finn, Bopara, Morgan, Dernbach & Tremlett all spring to mind as guys who have got the nod from the lower tier in (fairly) recent times.

    The most likely way to force yourself into the England side seems to be to perform well for the Lions rather than your county. Do more Div 1 players get Lions call-ups than Div 2? I honestly don't know, but suspect not.

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    @maximum6 on (December 01 2011, 14:17 PM GMT) - I always like to see see counties keep hold of the players they nurtured. However Leics had an awful season this year and on that basis you can't blame the guy for wanting to go up a league. It's going to be hard enough to get in the England side as it is

  • on December 1, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    I don't know what the state the other counties are in, but if Leicestershire are anything to go by it's no wonder that the cream of the crop move on to other counties - primarily those that are regular Test grounds.

    I don't blame Taylor for moving, in fact it was inevitable that he would. If you look at their business this winter - they lose McDonald (OK, visa issues), Nixon retires and they recruit van Jaarsfeld...who is 37 and he then backs out on them. Hardly a step for the future.

    They don't have any money to attract younger players and are not likely to have any substantial money in the near future. As a few people have noted already, player movements like this will become more common and counties like Leicestershire will always, sadly, be part of the have nots in the financial stakes. The way forward, to my mind, for the benefit of England in the future and a thriving domestic game is regional cricket based around the Test grounds....but that's a different discussion altogether