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Middlesex sign James Harris Published: 24 September 2012

James Harris will play his cricket at Lord's in the 2013 summer, after announcing he has joined Middlesex from Glamorgan.

James is a quality bowler

The England Lions fast bowler tweeted: "Very happy to announce I've signed with MiddlesexCCC and will be playing @HomeOfCricket next season."

Middlesex Director of Cricket Angus Fraser confirmed the three-year deal which signals the club's intent after they finished third in their first season back in the top flight this year.

"James is a quality bowler who had most of the top counties after him, so the fact that he's signed for us highlights our progress," said the former England quick bowler.

"Our goal is to push for the championship; we want to be up there competing - and this signing should help that."

Harris announced his decision to leave his home county Glamorgan earlier this summer, ending months of speculation over his future.

The 22-year-old, who made his debut for Glamorgan as a 17-year-old, harbours ambition of earning full international honours and has been involved with the England Lions for some time - taking figures of 6/102 against Australia A this summer.

Middlesex under Fraser have a good record of bringing through fast bowling talent. Steven Finn has emerged as an England regular under his stewardship, while Tim Murtagh and highly rated Toby Roland-Jones both passed 50 first-class wickets this summer.

And Fraser believes the set-up in north London can allow Harris to flourish.

He added: "Our coaching structure and my past in fast bowling might have made a difference to his decision.

"Richard Johnson has a good reputation for working with seam bowlers and our support staff is as good as any in the country. We really look after our players."


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