He may have been discarded by West Indies’ selectors but fast bowler Jerome Taylor continues to shine in English conditions.

The 35-year-old Jamaican, who at one time spearheaded the attack for the West Indies, has been signed by English County side Gloucestershire to a three-year contract. He will represent the club in all forms of the game.

Having fallen out of favour with regional selectors in recent years, Taylor has made England his stomping ground. He previously had spells with Leicestershire and Sussex and most recently T20 contracts for the last two seasons with Somerset.

Taylor was a member of the Windies' 2016 World T20-winning squad. He last played for his country in 2018.

"Jerome will add pace and international experience to the attack,” said Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson.

"He can contribute in all formats so he'll be a valuable addition," Dawson added.

Taylor is the second West Indies fast bowler to play for Gloucestershire in successive seasons following Shannon Gabriel, who played in two first-class matches in 2019.

"I am very excited to be joining Gloucestershire," the Jamaican said. "I am grateful for the opportunity as I really enjoy playing county cricket and I am hopeful that my experience can help on and off the field."

Promoted Gloucestershire will start the County Championship Division One season against Yorkshire at Headingley on April 12

Taylor’s home debut should be against Lancashire at Nevil Road in Bristol a week later.

Rapid on his day, Taylor, in 2009, famously grabbed 5 for 11 to demolish England, leaving the visitors all out for 51 during an unforgettable spell of fast-bowling at a Sabina Park Test. His returns in 46 Tests totalled 130 wickets at 34.46. He was also capped more than 100 times in limited-overs internationals.

Windies paceman, Shannon Gabriel will be playing in the final three games if the English Division Two Championship for Gloucestershire.

Gabriel joins a team that was expected to struggle this season but found a way to do well, sitting third on the table with three teams set for promotion to Division One.

Glamorgan, who are second, have the same number of points as Gloucester, making for an interesting final few games.

But there have been problems for Gloucestershire, who lost the services, of Australian seamer, Daniel Worrall through injury.

That setback was assuaged with part-time replacements as another Australian, swing bowler, Chadd Sayers stood in for four games. Other recruits Andrew Tye and Michael Clinger will be playing in the T20 Blast, leaving a window for Gabriel to make an impact.

Gabriel. Like Gloucestershire, has been having some problems. The fast bowler, who will be hoping to ensure his new side finishes strongly and earns promotion, has not been bowling well.

Gabriel was dangerous against England in Tests just before the World Cup, but since then, has a dreadful time.

The speedster had a tough time at the recently-concluded ICC World Cup, his express pace counting for very little, as he averaged 86.50 for his two wickets and had the unenviable economy rate of 8.43.

Fortunately, Gabriel has always been a much better red ball bowler and the hope is, he will get back to his best in very short order.

Gabriel does have an opportunity to regain some confidence heading into the stint, as his West Indies takes on India in a Test series just before.

"I'm really looking forward to joining up with Gloucestershire in September and I will be trying my best to help the team push for promotion to Division One," said Gabriel.

"Hopefully I'll be carrying some good form off the back of the Test series against India."

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