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Leicestershire sign Taylor

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Leicestershire coach Tim Boon is pleased to sign youngster James Taylor © Getty Images

Leicestershire coach Tim Boon has confirmed the county have signed a deal with promising batsman James Taylor.

The 17-year-old returns to Leicestershire where he played for a number of the county's age group representative sides up until three years ago.

Taylor attends Shrewsbury School and their connections with Worcestershire led to him playing a handful of matches for their academy and second XI sides.

Taylor has recently been named in the England Under-19 squad for the World Cup in Malaysia and Boon admitted he is happy that the player has agreed to return to Grace Road.

“We are delighted to welcome James back to Leicestershire,” Boon said.

“His selection for the England Under-19 squad at the age of the 17 is a measure of the talent that we have acquired.

"James is an attacking top order batsman who can open the innings or bat in the middle order.

"He is a very athletic, very strong lad for his age and size who is capable of adapting to any situation.

“This is very much a signing for the long-term future and really underlines our intentions in publishing the recruitment and selection policy recently which sets out to develop the best local talent and give them opportunities to establish themselves in the game at an early age.”

Taylor will join up with the Leicestershire squad next summer once he has completed his studies at Shrewsbury School.

After term ended at school this year, he played for Shropshire in the Minor Counties Championship, making 64 against Oxfordshire.

The Nottingham-born teenager also appeared a number of times for Worcestershire's second XI and his last game in the championship saw him compile half centuries in both innings against Warwickshire.

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