Australian Mitchell Marsh has signed for Middlesex for this year’s T20 Vitality Blast.
The all-rounder will first play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League but will then be available for the group stages of the tournament in England. His contract also allows an extension should Middlesex make it to the knockout phase of the competition.
He will be hoping to head there in fine spirits should he help Sunrisers lift the Indian Premier League trophy.
Marsh wants to entertain the fans
Marsh is in fine form at present after hitting 382 runs in 14 matches in the Big Bash League in his homeland. He is Middlesex’s second overseas arrival following the capture of Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman.
After signing for the county, Marsh said: “I'm very excited to play for Middlesex in this year's Vitality Blast.
“The opportunity to play at this great club with an exciting list of players is something I'm very proud of and hopefully we can play some great cricket and entertain the fans along the way.”
Middlesex head coach Stuart Law added: “It's great to have Mitch with us for the Blast this season. The experience he's had in different T20 competitions around the world will be a real plus for our dressing room.
“Mitch is a hard-hitting batsman, steady medium-fast bowler and athletic in the field.
“I'm looking forward to seeing the big man contribute to our season in a positive way. As a tremendous team man and such a loveable character, I'm sure he'll fit in well with our group.”
BBL form earned Australia recall
Marsh was the captain of Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League and made the overall team of the year despite his side failing to reach the knock-out stages of the tournament.
That form in the BBL also saw Marsh recalled to the Australia ODI and T20 squads for their tour of South Africa.
Chief selector Trevor Hohns said: “He has been in tremendous touch with the bat for the [Perth] Scorchers since his return from injury and is now back bowling well.
“His performances warranted inclusion in the area he operates as a powerful middle-order batsman and handy bowler.”