KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Former MCC Young Cricketer Dawid Malan has signed a new four year deal with Middlesex, keeping him at Lord’s until the end of the 2014 season.
The 23-year-old, who spent most of his youth living in South Africa, was the only Middlesex batsman to score 1,000 First Class runs last season.
He was also the club’s highest scorer in 2009, cementing his position as one of the key players in the Middlesex batting line-up.
Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser was delighted with Malan’s decision.
He said: "I am thrilled Dawid has chosen to commit his long term future to Middlesex CCC. Dawid is a young man with a huge amount of potential. He works incredibly hard and has the ability to go on to achieve great things in the game.
"For the past two seasons Dawid has been the club’s most consistent batsman, which was a pretty good effort for a 22 year-old.
"Dawid wins games of cricket, as he showed last year against Sussex at Hove, Surrey at Lord’s and Glamorgan in Cardiff when he played the innings that sealed Middlesex LV=CC victories."
Malan announced his arrival on the domestic scene as a 20-year-old in 2008 with a blistering 103 from 51 balls in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final against Lancashire.
He was tipped as a potential England prospect at the time, but his meteoric rise has been checked in the past couple of seasons.
However, Fraser backed Malan to improve further - provided he puts in the necessary hard-work.
"When in top form he is a delight to watch." added the former England seamer.
"In the past two seasons he has made steady progress and I expect his batting to develop further over the coming years as he works things out.
"Dawid has the talent to become one of Middlesex’s finest modern day batsmen."
Malan spent one season as a YC in 2006, making his Middlesex debut in the same season.
He also represented MCC in the 2010 Champion County fixture with Durham, played under lights with a pink ball in Abu Dhabi.
His brother Charl was also a YC, following on from his brother in 2007 and 2008. He subsequently attended Loughborough MCC University.