Malan handed Middlesex captaincy

02 February 2018 04:17:59 GMTPlus11

England Ashes success Dawid Malan has been named as the new captain of Middlesex, despite his likely continuing international commitments.

The 30-year-old left-hander, who has been with the county for more than a decade, finally got a chance of the international stage in June last year, soon breaking into the England Test team.

And he made the most of the call-up by topping the Three Lions run chart against Australia, making 383 runs at an average of 42.55.

He is likely to remain on the international stage in the near future, but Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser still believes that Malan is the right man to take on the main leadership role at Lord's.

He told the county's official website: "England commitments - and I hope Dawid continues to thrive as an international cricketer - may mean we do not see him for periods of the season.

"But, in my mind, that should not stop the right man from holding the position he deserves to hold. In light of this we have made Sam Robson vice-captain in County Championship cricket.

"Sam is another player that has been developed by Middlesex and is a cricketer that is ready to take on further responsibility and new challenges.

"The pair of them will bring fresh ideas and energy to the County Championship cricket we play."

Meanwhile, England are 3.75 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 6.00 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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