Taylor makes Grace Road move

10 January 2018 23:43:51 GMTPlus11

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 3.25 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 6.00 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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