Stirling out to entertain

20 May 2021 19:10:21 GMTPlus10

Paul Stirling has vowed to "entertain the public" after being recalled by Middlesex for this summer's Vitality Blast.

The Ireland all-rounder will replace Mitch Marsh, who has been called up by Australia for their tour of West Indies. Middlesex are 1212/1 to win the domestic T20 competition which they won for the only time back in 2008.

Stirling, who became the first batsman for Ireland to score 4,000 runs in ODIs, played for Middlesex for ten seasons up until 2019 when he excelled in the white-ball game.

A powerful top-order batsman and useful spinner, he was also part of Middlesex's county championship-winning squad of 2016.

It is understood Stirling, who played for Northants in last year's truncated competition, will play at least five games for the Lord's county, joining after Ireland's tour of the Netherlands concludes on 7th June. Middlesex's Blast campaign begins three days later with a London derby against Surrey.

Australian all-rounder Marsh had been Middlesex's first choice but has been named in his country's white-ball squad to tour the Caribbean in July. Angus Fraser, the county's director of cricket, described Marsh's withdrawal as "a blow".

"I have such fond memories and many friends within the club and I am excited to entertain the public once more," the 30-year-old told the Middlesex website. "I am looking to put on my best performances for the world to see. Hopefully a successful stint will create further opportunities."

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