Ross Taylor released to play for Middlesex ahead of 2019 World Cup

New Zealand s Ross Taylor will play one-day cricket for English county side Middlesex in the lead up to this year s ICC Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.

The 35-year-old has been released by New Zealand Cricket board (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 New Zealand 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 Black Caps.

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 New Zealand team will depart for the World Cup on May 19.