Young Middlesex batsman Dan Housego has signed a new contract with the club which will see him extend his stay at Lord's until the end of the 2011 season.while England captain Andrew Strauss has signed a new two-year deal.
“Dan made good progress during the 2010 season, scoring well over 1,000 runs for the second eleven," Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser said.
"He also captained the side well and struck a debut first class hundred against Oxford UCCE. Dan was unfortunate not to make more first team appearances than he did but those opportunities will come along if he continues to score heavily in the second eleven.”
To date, Housego has played seven first-class matches and five Twenty20 games for Middlesex.
“Naturally, we are delighted that Andrew has chosen to remain at Middlesex," Fraser added after Strauss signed his contract.
"The role of a county changes once a player becomes established with England. On the way through the system counties develop and guide players but once they are with England it becomes more of a supportive role and occasionally counties have to help and rehabilitate players who fall from the England set-up, providing them with a soft landing and the wherewithal to get back to the top. I would like to think we possess those qualities at Middlesex and they have been recognised by Andrew.
“The club takes great pride in producing England cricketers and everyone at Middlesex hopes that Andrew follows in the footsteps of fellow Middlesex and England captains Mike Gatting and Mike Brearley in winning an Ashes series in Australia. It would be a fantastic hat-trick for the club.
“In the 2010 domestic cricket season Middlesex did not perform as we wanted to but as a club we must be doing something right. To have three players travelling on an Ashes tour is a great achievement. In Strauss we have an outstanding England captain and in Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn two of the most exciting young cricketers not only in England, but the world.
“We expect Andrew’s involvement with Middlesex over the next couple of years to be minimal – he has bigger fish to fry with England - but when he is available to play for us he is a great person to have around. His presence is extremely reassuring and he sets a superb example to all our young cricketers.”
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