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Taylor released to play for Middlesex ahead of World Cup

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BLACKCAPS veteran Ross Taylor will play one-day cricket for English county side Middlesex in the lead up to this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

The 35-year-old has been released by NZC to take up a short-term contract with the London based franchise who play their homes games at Lord’s.

The contract means Taylor will only attend the first of three BLACKCAPS training camps in Lincoln this month and will miss the New Zealand XI games in Australia.

NZC GM of High Performance Bryan Stronach wished Taylor well for his short stint in England.

"It’s a good opportunity for Ross, and both Gary Stead and I agree playing competitive cricket in English conditions will only enhance his World Cup preparation.

"Ross is a very experienced player who knows what works best for him and in turn will be best for the BLACKCAPS."

Taylor leaves for London in a fortnight and will play five round-robin games for Middlesex with the potential of a quarter and a semi-final on the second weekend of May.

The BLACKCAPS depart for the World Cup on May 19.

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