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Middlesex put faith in Christian

Australia all-rounder Dan Christian has signed to play for Middlesex Panthers in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast.

Christian, who will turn 31 on May 4, is expected to be available for every one of Middlesex’s group games.

The right-handed batsman and seamer is a fairly regular member of Australia’s limited-overs teams and has featured in the Indian Premier League.

He was a Twenty20 winner with Hampshire in 2010 and played for Gloucestershire in last year’s competition.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said: “When we sat down to identify the type of cricketer Middlesex CCC required for this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast, a seam bowling all-rounder was top of our list.

“We are therefore delighted to have attained the services of such an experienced, talented and dangerous cricketer.

“Unlike many of this summer’s T20 signings, Dan is available for selection for all of our NatWest T20 Blast group matches, which was important to us.

Dan Christian, a fairly regular member of Australia's limited-overs sides, will represent Middlesex Panthers in this year's NatWest T20 Blast

“We believe Dan will offer the team experience and match-winning performances, assets that any team would want to have.

“His recent appearances for Australia highlight how highly regarded he is Down Under too.”

Christian, who is set to make his Middlesex debut in the Panthers’ double-header on May 17, said: “I am delighted to have signed with Middlesex for the 2014 Natwest T20 Blast.

“The opportunity to play at the home of cricket is a dream come true and I can't wait to pull on a Middlesex shirt for the first time.

“Kicking off the tournament with a double-header at Lord’s against Sussex and Essex in front of what I am sure will be a full house promises to be one of the highlights of my career.

“I look forward to helping (captain) Eoin (Morgan) and the boys challenge for silverware this year.”

Meanwhile, Middlesex all-rounder Garth Berg has undergone keyhole surgery on his right shoulder.

The 33-year-old played in the LV= County Championship defeat of Nottinghamshire last week, but is set for a spell on the sidelines.

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