Middlesex Cricket is delighted to announce that England Under-19 paceman Blake Cullen has been awarded a rookie contract with the club.
Isleworth born Cullen, 17, who has just returned to the UK from South Africa, having recently represented England at the Under 19’s World Cup, and where he featured in England’s World Cup Plate winning campaign, has signed a three-year contract which will see him remain at Lord’s until at least the end of the 2023 season.
The right-arm seamer has played through the Middlesex age groups from under 10’s and is a product of the Middlesex Academy. He made his Middlesex Second Eleven debut against Glamorgan in the Championship in July 2017 and has since made 21 appearances for the Second Eleven across all three competitive formats.
On signing his first professional contract, Cullen said:
“I’m absolutely thrilled at becoming a Middlesex Cricket professional and am very thankful and honoured to have the opportunity.
“I owe much to the brilliant coaches that I have been lucky enough to work with over the years.
“I’m still developing my game and am really looking forward to learning in a professional environment and to drawing on the experiences of the senior players.
“I very much hope to be making a valuable contribution to the club in the near future.”
Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s Managing Director of Cricket, commented:
“We have been aware of and excited by Blake’s potential for quite some time.
“He may only be 17 but he bowls like a grown man, which is characteristic you don’t see in many teenagers. Blake is tall, aggressive and has a good, strong, easy to repeat bowling action, assets which could quickly see him competing for a place in our First Eleven.
“He is an intelligent young man too, and this contract, which I hope will be the first of many he has with Middlesex, will see him through his time at University.”