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Strauss signs new Middlesex deal

Ashes-bound England captain Andrew Strauss has signed a new two-year-deal with Middlesex.

The 33-year-old’s involvement with his county of 16 years has been limited by his international commitments for the large part of each season recently.

He did find time to play for the Lord’s-based county during the 2010 summer, playing in eight of Middlesex’s 16 first-class games.

Strauss, who made his first-class debut in 1998, joins fellow England star Eoin Morgan in committing his short-term future to Middlesex.

Strauss and Morgan will join county team-mate Steven Finn on the England flight Down Under to take on Australia in the Ashes.

Role model

Director of Cricket Angus Fraser admitted Strauss appearances in county cricket will be rare, but praised his impact on the dressing room when he is available.

Fraser said: "Naturally, we are delighted that Andrew has chosen to remain at Middlesex.

"We expect his involvement with Middlesex over the next couple of years to be minimal but when he is available he is a great person to have around.

"His presence is extremely reassuring and he sets a superb example to all our young cricketers.

"We take pride in producing England cricketers and hope Andrew follows in the footsteps of Mike Gatting and Mike Brearley in winning an Ashes series in Australia."

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