Sus­sex skip­per Tay­lor re­turns home for fam­ily rea­sons

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SUS­SEX T20 skip­per Ross Tay­lor has re­turned to New Zealand for “fam­ily rea­sons”.

Tay­lor’s wife is due to give birth to their third child later this month.

Head coach Mark Davis, said: “It’s a blow to us to lose Ross. How­ever, that gives some­body else an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the club in a very im­por­tant game on Fri­day night.

“We wish Ross and his fam­ily all the best.”

Sus­sex will bid to se­cure a quar­ter-fi­nal place when they face Es­sex tonight (Fri­day) with wick­et­keeper Ben Brown, who cap­tains the Cham­pi­onship side, tak­ing the reins at Hove.

Tay­lor, who had been in Hove in 2016 as well, has not been in the best form this sea­son though with only 177 runs from 12 in­nings at an av­er­age of 19 and a strike-rate of 112.

A state­ment from the club said: “A de­ci­sion has not yet been taken on whether Ross will re­turn should the side qual­ify for next week’s Blast quar­ter-fi­nals.”

It is also un­clear whether Sus­sex will seek a re­place­ment should Tay­lor not be avail­able and the county reach the fi­nal eight.

Tay­lor has a wealth of in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing fea­tured in 81 Test matches for the Black Caps, as well as 190 ODIs and 73 T20s. His best score in Test cricket is 290 against Aus­tralia in 2015.

The 33-year-old has led the Sharks in all 13 Blast fix­tures they have been in­volved with, three of those end­ing in a no re­sult.

De­part­ing: Ross Tay­lor

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