After the announcement of re-signing Paul Stirling earlier this week, Middlesex Cricket has signed New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell for the last nine group matches of Vitality Blast. Both the recruits have been signed up as replacements for the unavailable Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. The Australian all-rounder has been called up by his national team for international duty for a white-ball tour of West Indies.
The 30-year-old Kiwi all-rounder has over 2,000 runs in domestic T20 cricket to his name, of which most of it has come from playing with the Northern Districts for a decade. The batting all-rounder averages almost 40 in the T20 cricket prior to his move to Canterbury. The seasoned player has a decent experience of Test, ODI, and T20I under his belt. He also adds strength to the bowling lineup with his medium pace prowess as he has picked up around 50 wickets in the T20s.
Speaking of the new addition to the team, Middlesex head coach Stuart Law seemed satisfied with Mitchell joining the team. He went on to praise him by saying, “He comes highly recommended by his New Zealand contemporaries and we have watched him force his way into that strong New Zealand team over the last few years.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell is pleased to get this deal over the line and call Lords as his home for the Vitality Blast. The Kiwi all-rounder will be looking to gain more T-20 experience ahead of the T-20 World Cup in October. Mitchell will be joining up the squad after playing the two test matches against England and the World Test Championship final against India at the end of June. It has been a good few weeks for Mitchell as he was handed out his first central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) after his consistent performances across different formats for his country.