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Middlesex Panthers have announced the signing of Australia international Adam Voges for their 2013 Friends Life T20 campaign.
His experience will be invaluable
Voges, 33, will be available for the Panthers' entire group stage campaign through June and July, as well as the quarter-finals of the competition should Middlesex qualify from their group.
An aggressive batsman and useful slow-left-arm bowler, Voges has played 15 ODIs and four T20s for his country, and has more than 100 appearances in all T20 cricket - including with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He has also played county cricket for Nottinghamshire and Hampshire.
Voges is currently playing in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers. He previously played for Melbourne Stars in 2011.
Middlesex Director of Cricket and MCC Committee Member Angus Fraser spoke of his pleasure at signing such an experienced T20 cricketer.
He said: "Adam has an excellent track-record in all forms of the game but particularly in T20 cricket. His experience will be invaluable and everyone I have spoken to tells me he is a top bloke. We are all looking forward to working with him and improving our T20 cricket in 2013.
"In 2012 we played some decent t20 cricket but seemed to lack a bit of experience and nous in crucial match situations. It cost us at least a couple of games. The signing of Adam will hopefully help us to remedy that problem."
Middlesex will play three of their T20 group matches at Lord's next summer, against Essex, Sussex and local rivals Surrey - and Voges spoke of his excitement at playing at the Home of Cricket in 2013.
"To have the opportunity to play in front of the country’s biggest t20 crowds at a venue like Lord's Cricket Ground is an exciting prospect," added Voges, who is the current captain of Western Australia.
"I'm looking forward to helping the Panthers succeed in this year’s competition."