Middlesex rope in New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell for the final nine matches of Vitality T20 Blast

Middlesex have signed New Zealand batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell for the last nine group games of Vitality T20 Blast competition. The county side have signed Ireland opener Paul Stirling for the first five matches of the tournament.

Both the players have been signed by Middlesex to fill the void left by Mitchell Marsh, who has been selected for Australia’s white-ball tour of West Indies.

Daryl Mitchell expressed his pleasure on signing with Middlesex for the final phase of 2021 Vitality T20 competition. He said that he will join the Hampshire squad after New Zealand’s Test Championship final against India comes to a conclusion.

In the ODI series played against Bangladesh, Daryl Mitchell showed his true potential with the bat and smashed his maiden hundred for New Zealand. Since making his debut for New Zealand against India in 2019, Daryl Mitchell has played 15 T20I matches for the national side and accumulated 148 runs at an average of 16.44. With the ball in hand, Daryl Mitchell has claimed five wickets at an average of 22.00.

Overall, Daryl Mitchell has played 108 T20I matches, in which he has scored 2,110 runs at an average of 31.49 with eight half-centuries to his name. With the ball in hand, he has claimed 48 scalps at an average of 24.35 with two four-wicket hauls to his name.

Middlesex Head Coach, Stuart Law said that he will add value with bat and ball to the side for the coming season of Vitality T20 Blast competition. He further stated that he has been widely regarded as quality player in the T20 cricket and has been in New Zealand setup in all three formats for the past two years.

Stuart Law stated that he was looking forward working with Daryl for the final leg of Vitality T20 Blast competition.

Due to ability to hit big sixes at the back end of the innings, New Zealand all-rounder will be a useful for Hampshire for this year’s competition.