Tim Southee joins Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori at Middlesex for T20 Blast

Middlesex will have three Kiwis as part of their set-up for the NatWest T20 Blast after securing the services of Tim Southee.
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Middlesex will have three Kiwis as part of their set-up for the NatWest T20 Blast after securing the services of Tim Southee.

Tim Southee will join Middlesex for this year's English Twenty20 league, linking up with two of his former New Zealand captains at the London-based county side.

Middlesex confirmed on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time) they had acquired the services of the Kiwi seamer for the Natwest T20 Blast in July and August.

Southee will play alongside and come under the leadership of Brendon McCullum during the competition, while Daniel Vettori has also signed on as coach of the county's team in the shortest format.

The latest in a long line of New Zealand players to ink a deal for the T20 Blast, Southee would arrive at Lord's in early July and be available for 13 group matches and all potential knockout matches.

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"I'm excited to be joining Middlesex this year for the NatWest T20 blast and helping the club throughout the T20 competition," the 28-year-old said.

"When the opportunity come up to play for Middlesex it wasn't a tough decision to make and I'm looking forward to calling Lords home while I'm there."

Southee, who has also played 57 tests and 116 one-day internationals, has played 39 T20s for New Zealand and 126 T20s in total, taking 139 wickets at an economy rate of 8.26.

The right-arm swing merchant turned out for Essex's T20 side in 2011, bagging 22 wickets and making his lone T20 half-century, a belligerent 74 off 34 balls as an opener in a match against Hampshire.

"Tim is one of the leading fast bowlers in the world," Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser said.

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"He has plenty of experience in T20 cricket and looks to bowl in the periods where we feel we could be better. We look forward to welcoming him to Lord's."

Along with Southee and McCullum, the other Kiwi cricketers set to feature in the T20 Blast include Grant Elliott, Jeetan Patel and Colin de Grandhomme (Birmingham), Ross Taylor (Sussex), Mitchell Santner (Worcestershire), Ish Sodhi (Notts) and Luke Ronchi (Leicestershire).

 - Stuff

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