Jerome jets in to give Sharks that ex­tra bit of bite

The Cricket Paper - - SOUTH PREVIEW - By Dan Barnes

SUS­SEX are hope­ful the toplevel ex­pe­ri­ence of Jerome Tay­lor will bol­ster their white-ball en­deav­ours this sea­son.

The 32-year-old pace­man, who was the West Indies’ lead­ing wicket-taker at the 2015 World Cup, was signed on the eve of this sum­mer’s One-Day Cup to re­place Ver­non Phi­lan­der, who has re­turned to South Africa for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on a groin in­jury.

Tay­lor came out of in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment ear­lier this month, hand­ing him the chance to add to his 130 Test wick­ets.

And Sus­sex di­rec­tor of cricket Keith Green­field was de­lighted to have se­cured the West Indies ace’s sig­na­ture.

“We’ve worked re­ally hard to se­cure a re­place­ment since it be­came clear that Ver­non would no longer be avail­able for the One-Day Cup and we’re de­lighted that we have agreed terms with Jerome,” said Green­field, whose Sharks side fin­ished bot­tom of the South Group last sea­son.

“Jerome is a vastly ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional white-ball bowler and he will be a great as­set to Mark Davis and our squad.”

Sus­sex, who opened their 2017 One-Day Cup cam­paign against Mid­dle­sex at Lord’s on Thurs­day, play their first home fix­ture in the com­pe­ti­tion against Som­er­set on Sun­day.

Som­er­set are due to play their first white-ball match of the cam­paign against Sur­rey at Taun­ton to­day.

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