Voges pens Middlesex FLt20 deal
Australia limited-overs batsman Adam Voges has signed to be Middlesex’s second overseas player in this year’s Friends Life t20, having last season spent his fifth spell with Nottinghamshire.
Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser hopes the experience of Voges, who represented Notts in all three formats, will improve a largely young side, who won three and lost seven South Group games in 2012.
The 33-year-old right-hander has struck 2,514 runs at an average of 31.82 in Twenty20, a format in which he scores at a strike-rate of 130.86. He is just short of those figures in his four T20 internationals, which came from 2007 to 2009. His most recent Australia appearance was a his 15th one-day international in February 2011.
Fraser said: "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.
"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."
Voges, who is playing for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash and has Indian Premier League experience with Rajasthan Royals, is set to be available for all Middlesex’s 2013 FLt20 group games as well as the quarter-finals and finals day.
He said: "I am thrilled to have signed with Middlesex to play for them in this season's t20 campaign.
"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, and I'm looking forward to helping the Panthers succeed in this year's competition."