White-ball captain Stephen Eskinazi signs long-term extension with Middlesex

Eskinazi has scored over 7,000 runs in 166 appearances for Middlesex in all formats


Stephen Eskinazi has signed a long-term contract extension with Middlesex which will keep him at Lord's until the end of the 2026 season.

The opening batter, who joined Middlesex in 2015, has scored over 7,000 runs in 166 appearances across all formats for the club.

Last season, Eskinazi scored 437 runs at 39.72 in eight County Championship outings as Middlesex secured promotion to Division One.

The club's white-ball captain, he scored a team-leading 431 runs at a strike rate of 151.76 in the T20 Blast and a further 658 runs, including four centuries, in eight Royal London Cup innings – Cheteshwar Pujara (624 runs) was the only player within 100 runs of Eskinazi's total.


Eskinazi has scored just shy of 4,000 first-class runs for Middlesex [Alex Davidson/Getty Images]

Eskinazi, who won the Big Bash with Perth Scorchers over the winter, is the second player this week to sign a long-term extension with Middlesex, joining pace bowler Tom Helm.

Eskinazi said: "It is a privilege to commit my future to this great club again. I believe we are on the precipice of something pretty special and with the current crop of players and support staff I really believe that our best is yet to come.

"We set about building the foundations last year for what this team can achieve and it's time to continue to drive that forward.

"We have a responsibility as players to keep moving the club in the right direction on and off the field and I can't wait to hopefully be a big part of that."


Eskinazi in action in the T20 Blast [Jacques Feeney/Getty Images]

Director of cricket, Alan Coleman, added: "To have secured Eski's services for a further three years is huge for Middlesex. He continues to prove his quality both on and off the field and is one of the most consistent white-ball players in the country right now, with a huge future ahead of him.

"In white-ball cricket he leads from the front, by example, and is a model professional cricketer. He works hard at his game, always looks to push himself, and for the younger players in our side to not only play with him, but to be led by him in the white-ball format, is a really valuable asset for us.

"Having secured the services of Helmy for the next four years, and now Eski too, it's hugely satisfying to see the senior players in the squad buying into our long-term vision to develop this group of players into a side that can challenge for honours in all formats.

"Having the likes of both Eski and Helmy around for the long haul allows us to really develop the squad we've got here, bringing through and developing our talented younger cricketers, knowing that we've also got the quality and experience in the group to support them"

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