Australian all-rounder Agar joins Middlesex

Middlesex have signed Australian all-rounder Ashton Agar for their T20 campaign this summer.

The left-arm spinner, who has represented his country in all forms of the game, will be available for the whole of the renamed Vitality Blast tournament, starting in July.

Agar made a memorable Test debut during the 2013 Ashes series at Trent Bridge, when he broke several records by hitting 98 as last man in.

More recently, the 24-year-old performed well for Perth Scorchers in Australia’s Big Bash League, averaging almost 50 with the bat and taking eight wickets at an average of 25.

Agar said: “I’m thrilled and very grateful to have signed for Middlesex and look forward to the challenge of achieving success with them.

“It’s a great opportunity to play with an exciting group of players. I can’t wait to walk out at Lord’s, one of the most beautiful grounds in the world – it’s quite a privilege.”

Agar is the first new arrival at Lord’s since the end of last season, with the club opting not to engage an overseas signing for the entire summer.