James Taylor signing for Shrewsbury Cricket Club might sound like an April Fool, but it’s not.
The England Lions captain and a candidate for a place in England’s under-performing Test batting line-up this summer will play for the Shropshire club in the top flight of Birmingham & District Premier League when his commitments with new county Nottinghamshire permit.
Taylor, 22, had his first taste of senior cricket with Shrewsbury while he was at Shrewsbury School and still has good friends at the club, including captain Ed Foster, who was a county team-mate at Worcestershire and Leicestershire.
County, and possibly international commitments, are likely to restrict Taylor’s appearances for the defending National Knockout champions but he will play club cricket whenever possible.
“That’s the plan if I get the opportunity, but hopefully I won’t be playing too much club cricket,” Taylor said.
“I used to play for Shrewsbury when I was younger while I was at Shrewsbury School. So I know a lot of the lads and they have been great to me.
“Ever since I was 14 I have been around Shrewsbury so I thought I would give a bit back and play with the lads that I used to play with. I have got a lot of mates there so I’m really looking forward to it.”