Middlesex fast bowler Chris Silverwood is to leave the county at the end of this season following the club's decision not to offer him a new contract.
Silverwood, who has played six Tests and seven One-Day Internationals for England, will be looking out for his third county after leaving Yorkshire to join MIddlesex in 2005.
Managing Director of Cricket at Middlesex Angus Fraser, told the club's official website (www.middlesexccc.com): “Informing a cricketer and man of the quality of Chris that his services are no longer required by the club is tough. Chris has been a model professional during his four years with Middlesex and remains a highly respected figure. Throughout his time at the club Chris set a wonderful example to the younger cricketers on our staff.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him during the course of the summer, and everyone at Middlesex CCC will join me in wishing Chris well in the future. I am convinced another county will benefit from having him on their staff. He will always be welcome at Lord’s.”
Silverwood added: “I’d like to thank everyone at Middlesex for the help, support and encouragement they have given me during four enjoyable years at Lord’s. It has been great to play for Middlesex and a pleasure to make a contribution. Naturally, I am sad to be moving on from Middlesex but I am keen to continue playing because I still feel I have plenty to offer the game. I wish Middlesex every success in the future.”
Silverwood picked up 129 wickets in all competitions for Middlesex during his time with the Lord's-based county.
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