Australian Peter Handscomb will captain English county facet Middlesex in each the County Championship and one-day competitions subsequent season, the membership introduced on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, who was once a member of this 12 months’s Australian International Cup squad, signed a two-year contract with the department two Championship facet and replaces Dawid Malan as skipper. Malan has joined Yorkshire.

Handscomb, who has represented his nation 40 instances in all 3 codecs, has earlier enjoy of the English recreation having performed for Gloucestershire in 2015, Yorkshire in 2017 and Durham this 12 months.

“We’re overjoyed and excited to have an all-round cricketer of Peter’s stature on the membership,” stated Handscomb’s compatriot, Middlesex head trainer Stuart Legislation.

“I’ve identified Peter for a while and labored with him on the Nationwide Cricket Centre in Brisbane seven or 8 years in the past, so I do know what a most sensible bloke he’s.

“He’s a a hit captain, a nice middle-order participant and this type of persona who will assist create a powerful certain surroundings that can stay transferring the membership ahead.

“He has been introduced up in a difficult surroundings and his background will assist with the ongoing building of our younger cricketers.”

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