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Middlesex sign Ashton Agar for Vitality Blast

Agar celebrating a wicket with fellow Aussie David Warner
Agar celebrating a wicket with fellow Aussie David Warner

Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar will represent Middlesex during their Vitality Blast campaign at Lord's this season, it has been confirmed. 

Agar is Middlesex's first overseas signing of the season and will be available for all five Vitality Blast fixtures at the Home of Cricket.

The 24 year-old will entertain the Lord's crowds beginning Thursday 5 July when Middlesex host Surrey in the London Derby, before also featuring in the matches against Somerset on Thursday 19 July and Hampshire on Thursday 26 July as well as, two August fixtures against Sussex and Essex on Thursday 2nd Thursday 16th, respectively. 

Agar, who will be coached by former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, said: "I’m thrilled and very grateful to have signed for Middlesex for the upcoming Vitality Blast campaign and look forward to the challenge of achieving success with them.

I can’t wait to walk out at Lord's, one of the most beautiful grounds in the world it’s quite a privilege

“It’s a great opportunity to play with an exciting group of players coached by Dan Vettori, a person I always looked up to as a young spinner and cricketer in general.

“I can’t wait to walk out at Lord's, one of the most beautiful grounds in the world - it’s quite a privilege.”

Agar has represented Australia in seven T20 internationals, picking up eight wickets in the process with his best figures coming against New Zealand in Auckland last month, taking three wickets for 27 runs.

He is also most commonly known for having the highest Test score by a number eleven batsman, which was achieved on debut during the 2013 Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

During that Ashes series, Agar made his only appearance at Lord's to date, featuring for Australia with the aim now being to try and get back into their Test squad ahead of the Ashes in England in 2019. 

More recently, he was in explosive form for Perth Scorchers in their successful Big Bash League campaign earlier this year, averaging 49.66 with the bat with a strike rate of over 128, as well as picking up eight wickets at an average of just 25, with an economy rate of only 5.74.

Tickets for Middlesex’s five Vitality Blast matches at Lord’s this summer are now on sale. 

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