Sussex have announced the signing of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor as their overseas star for the first half of the 2016 season.
The 31-year-old, who is currently involved in the Test series against Sri Lanka, will be available from early April to late July, and is set to feature in all three formats.
This is not the first time Taylor has embarked on the county scene, having had a spell at Durham in the 2010 campaign, while he has already notched up almost 12,000 runs in international cricket.
Usual overseas star Steve Magoffin is set to register as a local player from 2016, allowing Taylor to join the Hove outfit.
Taylor said: “I am delighted to be joining Sussex in 2016. I’ve heard nothing but positive words said about the set up at Hove and I look forward to contributing across all three forms.
“Hopefully I can play my part in helping Sussex bounce straight back from the disappointment of relegation last season. I look forward to linking up with Luke Wright, who I have been speaking to regularly, Mark Davis and my new team mates in April.”
Sussex’s Head Coach Mark Davis said, “We are thrilled to have acquired the services of Ross Taylor for a large part of the 2016 season.
“He is a brilliant all-round player with high skill in all formats of the game. To have secured one of the best batsmen in world cricket is testament to the ambition that we have at Sussex Cricket Limited.
“I am sure the Taylor family will have a fantastic time with us in Hove and we look forward to establishing a great relationship with them.”