Australian all-rounder Ashton Agar has been signed up by the Middlesex County Cricket Club for the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast competition at Lord's. The club confirmed the news of the left-arm spinner’s signing for the T20 campaign on Tuesday (20 March).
The 24-year-old, who is Middlesex's first overseas signing of the season, will join the London-based club at the end of June and will be available to play in the entire season.
Agar, who is well-known for his world-record 98 batting at number 11 on his Test debut against England in July 2013, is thrilled to have signed for Middlesex and looking forward to work with New Zealand great Daniel Vettori, who will coach the side for the upcoming Blast campaign.
According to a report in the official website of Cricket Australia, Agar said of his association with Middlesex, “I'm thrilled and very grateful to have signed for Middlesex for the upcoming Blast campaign and look forward to the challenge of achieving success with them.”
Commenting on Vettori, he said, “It’s a great opportunity to play with an exciting group of players coached by Dan Vettori, a person I always looked up to as a young spinner and cricketer in general.”
Ashton is also eager to play at the Home of Cricket. He signed off by saying, “I can't wait to walk out at Lords, one of the most beautiful grounds in the world - it’s quite a privilege.”
Meanwhile, Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser said of Agar, “Ashton is developing into a high-quality cricketer. He has shown that he can bat at the top of the order and continues to be an effective bowler. I am confident he will fit into our squad well and produce match-winning performances.”
Middlesex will kick off their T20 Blast campaign against Surrey on 5 July at Lord's.