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Middlesex Cricket is delighted to announce that Australian Hilton Cartwright will be joining the club for the start of the 2018 season, subject to approval by Cricket Australia.

Cartwright, aged 26, has two Test appearances to his name, plays for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield and for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. He will join Middlesex in time for the club’s opening first-class clash of the season, against Durham MCCU this weekend at Merchant Taylors’ School.

Cartwright will be available for selection in Middlesex’s opening County Championship matches of the season, with potential to extend his stay beyond should this be in the interest of both parties.

Cartwright joins Middlesex with a first-class batting average of 43.60 from the 33 matches he’s played to date, in which he’s hit five hundreds and ten half centuries.

Middlesex’s Managing Director of Cricket, Angus Fraser, commented…

“Our initial policy was to go into the season without an overseas player, but this situation has changed on the back of injuries to batsmen in the squad and the ECB’s decision to rest Dawid Malan for our opening two games of the season.

“On the back of these events it was felt that we could do with bolstering our batting line-up in the early part of the season, and after conversations with Adam Voges and Justin Langer we believe that Hilton will do just that.

“How much cricket he plays for Middlesex will depend on a number of factors - injuries, England decisions, and the form of players at the start of the season.

“Assuming there are no logistical issues we expect him to play against Durham MCCU on Saturday.”

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