Nottinghamshire have ‘lost a world-class player’ as Brendan Taylor returns to Zimbabwe

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Brendan Taylor

Brendan Taylor

Trent Bridge all-rounder Steven Mullaney reflects on Brendan Taylor‘s difficult decision to leave the club, in his latest Post column

Not for the first time this season, I’m writing about a player leaving the group.

First we lost Michael Lumb and Greg Smith to retirement. Now Brendan Taylor has returned to Zimbabwe to play for his home country.

The main reason he left was because he was away from his family, his wife and four young children, who are back in Harare.

The first thing I want to say is that he has 100 percent backing from everyone at the club when it comes to his decision.

He’d struggled with it for a while. He’s missed his family immensely.

It’s obviously got to him a lot because there’s two important games left and he’s had to go home.

It’s probably most disappointing for him because I know how much he loves the club. It’s a shame he’s gone, but it’s the right decision and no-one at Trent Bridge doubts that.

It was a surprise he went now. I had an inkling he’d go at the end of the season.

He spoke to the lads personally on Thursday morning and I know that wasn’t easy for him. He was holding back some tears.

He’s someone I spent a lot of time with and he became a good friend. I spoke with him three or four times a week, even in the winter.

He had a good time off the field, but he put the work in on the field. We’ve lost a world-class player, but I wish him all the best with Zimbabwe.

BT going means we’re thin on the ground numbers wise, but not talent wise, for the game at Northants next week.

Whichever team Chris Read, Peter Moores and Paul Franks go with, we’ll be 100 percent convinced we can get a win.

We’re looking towards the Northants game now after having five days off. That break came at a great time.

I came back to training feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.

We’ve work to do when it comes to winning promotion, but if we win two games we win the league and get promoted.

It’s in our hands and that’s how you want it. We know we need a positive result at Northants, but they’re a strong team who are up there.

It won’t be easy, but, after the disappointment of losing to Worcestershire, we’re ready to go again.