Middlesex Cricket has confirmed the return of Irish all-rounder Paul Stirling for the upcoming Vitality Blast T-20 competition. Stirling will replace Australian Mitchell Marsh, who will be unavailable due to Australia’s white ball series against the West Indies. For the new season, Stirling will participate in the first five matches of the tournament.
The Irish all-rounder had left the club at the end of 2019. He has previously represented the club for ten long years, racking up 2,246 runs in 89 appearances at Blast during his spectacular first season spanning from 2010 to 2019. Aside from his wonders at the In La English T20 competition, Stirling also has 2,299 runs in 62 List A appearances.
The SUV brings a wealth of international experience to the Middlesex side. In 70 T20I games for Ireland, Sterling has scored 2,000 runs. With the ball, Stirling also adds a valuable side-spin option, having taken 23 wickets for Middlesex during his previous season for T20 Blast.
Middlesex Cricket Managing Director Angus Fraser seemed delighted to have Stirling back at his side, who had previously made a great impression of himself at the club. Fraser said “Losing Mitch Marsh is obviously a hit, but if a team is looking for a strong, clean striker from a cricket ball, Paul is highly qualified to fill the role.”
The Irish international is also excited to once again be associated with his former club, who might see this as an opportunity to prove themselves in world cricket. Speaking of his return, Stirling said: “I am looking to put on my best performances for the world to see, and I hope that a successful season will create more opportunities, potentially in the Hundred and further afield as I would like to put myself to the test in all competitions globally.”
Middlesex will make a formal announcement in the second half of Vitality Blast regarding a new replacement as it seems unlikely that Mitchell Marsh will return due to quarantine regulations and restrictions on travel to the UK.