London: Northamptonshire has released former England fast bowler Paul Taylor after 11 seasons with the county side, the club revealed on Saturday. Taylor joined Northants from Staffordshire in 1991 after beginning his first-class career with Derbyshire.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The 37-year-old left armer went on to claim more than 500 wickets for the club, played in two Tests against India in 1993 and New Zealand the following year.Northamptonshire chief executive Steve Coverdale said, "Paul has given fantastic service for the past 11 seasons, during which time he has been an integral and valuable member of the team.""He is still very fit and keen to stay in the game, and we wish him well in the future." The club also released paceman Michael Strong and batsman Alec Swann.Swann has scored five first-class centuries since making his debut in 1996, while Strong has spent just two seasons at Wantage Road after joining from Sussex.All the other Northants players whose contracts were up for renewal have been offered fresh terms, including Australian batsman Michael Hussey who this summer became the first player for six seasons to pass 2,000 runs in English domestic cricket.The club is awaiting a reply from South African-born wicket-keeper batsman Gerard Brophy, who has been offered a two-year contract. The former Gauteng and Free State player qualifies for county cricket through his Irish citizenship.
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