Tim Southee set to represent Middlesex in Natwest T20 Blast
"I'm looking forward to calling Lord's home while I'm there" quipped Southee.
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Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee signed a contract for the Middlesex side and is the latest to join the Kiwi contingent in the side. The recent development was announced on Tuesday as Southee will reunite with his former captains Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori, and teammate James Franklin.
Tim Southee is currently engaged in the IPL playing for the Mumbai Indians. Tim Southee had previously played for Essex back in 2011. Southee has taken as many as 139 wickets in all the T20 games he played. The pace bowler has represented the Black Caps in 39 T20 internationals.
The Managing Director of Cricket, Middlesex, Angus Fraser was all praises for his new signing as he stated that with his experience in this form of the game, the county’s performance will improve in the format after signing two of the biggest stalwarts in the sport,i.e., Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee.
“Tim is one of the leading fast bowlers in the world. He has plenty of experience in T20 cricket and looks to bowl in the periods where we feel we could be better. We look forward to welcoming him to Lord’s” said an excited Middlesex’s Managing Director while making the announcement.
Tim Southee too seemed enthused about his participation in Englands’s premier domestic T20 competition. He remarked that he is all geared up to represent the Middlesex county and set foot in the hallowed turfs of Lord’s again. “I’m excited to be joining Middlesex this year for the NatWest T20 blast and helping the club throughout the T20 competition. When the opportunity come up to play for Middlesex it wasn’t a tough decision to make and I’m looking forward to calling Lord’s home while I’m there” quoting the Kiwi.
The Northants defeated the Middlesex team in the quarter-finals in the previous season, as they went on to win the competition. They progressed into the knock-out stages of the competition after they secured the third position in the Southern division.