Middlesex County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that James Harris has signed a three year contract to play for the club.
The deal means that Harris, 22, will play for Middlesex until at least the end of the 2015 English domestic cricket season.
The right arm fast bowler made his first-class debut for Glamorgan at the age of 17 and has so far taken 228 first-class wickets at an average of 27. He has also scored more than 1,500 runs at an average of more than 22. These performances have led to Harris being picked for the England Lions, who he took 6-102 for this summer against Australia A.
Harris will join Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones on the England Performance Programme before Christmas in India and the club hopes both will be selected for the England Lions tour of Australia in January 2013.
Commenting on the signing of Harris, Middlesex County Cricket Club's Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser said:
"Everyone at Middlesex is absolutely thrilled that James has chosen to join the club. There were many other counties trying to secure his services and the fact he has chosen Middlesex highlights the progress we are making as a club. A couple of years ago we were more concerned about losing our best players than signing the finest young cricketers in the country, and in James we have one of the most exciting young players around. From my meetings with him he is a very mature and decent young man. James knows what he wants and we will work hard to help him and the rest of the squad to fulfil their ambitions with Middlesex.
"James will add skill and quality to our attack. His record to date is excellent and he will only get better. I am sure the pitches at Lord's, where he claimed 8-118 against Middlesex in 2011, will suit his bowling more than those in Cardiff. He can bat too, which is extremely useful.
"We are all looking forward to working with James and we hope his presence will help Middlesex push even harder for domestic trophies over the coming years."
Commenting on signing for Middlesex James Harris said:
"I'm thrilled to be joining Middlesex CCC and being part of such a young, talented squad. I'm really looking forward to playing my part in bringing team success and trophies back to Lord's.
"I've always enjoyed playing at the 'Home of Cricket' but major factors in my decision to choose Middlesex was the coaching set up and in particular to learn as much as I can from people such as Angus Fraser, Richard Scott and Richard Johnson"
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