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Kiwi's a fruitful import

PUBLISHED: 15:38 09 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:48 24 August 2010

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 05:  Iain O'Brien of the Blackcaps celebrates Umar Gul of Pakistan being caught out during day three of the Second Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Basin Reserve on December 5, 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 05: Iain O'Brien of the Blackcaps celebrates Umar Gul of Pakistan being caught out during day three of the Second Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Basin Reserve on December 5, 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)

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NEW Zealand paceman Iain O Brien is planning to end his career with Middlesex after joining the county as their overseas player next summer. O Brien, who will retire from international cricket after the Kiwis' Test match against Pakistan...

By Ben Kosky

NEW Zealand paceman Iain O'Brien is planning to end his career with Middlesex after joining the county as their overseas player next summer.

O'Brien (pictured right), who will retire from international cricket after the Kiwis' Test match against Pakistan, beginning tomorrow, has signed an initial one-year contract with Middlesex.

However, the 33-year-old, who is moving full-time to London, hopes to become registered as a domestic player and Middlesex have drawn up plans to extend the deal to the end of the 2012 season.

O'Brien's wife Rosie is already based in the UK and the player said: "My immediate future is there. It's time to put Rosie first and start a family.

"I intend to keep playing the game I love and have an opportunity to finish my career with Middlesex."

O'Brien, who has played 21 Tests and 14 one-day internationals for New Zealand, spent a brief spell with Leicestershire last summer and took nine wickets against Middlesex in their County Championship clash at Grace Road.

"Ideally, I want an overseas player to become an integral part of the club structure, to join in with everything and feel part of the club as it moves forward," said Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser.

"Iain has the potential to fulfil this requirement. I was not keen on someone who briefly flits in and then disappears elsewhere."

Meanwhile, wicket-keeper John Simpson is set to be promoted from the Middlesex County League, taking the gloves as the first choice at Lord's next season after the county agreed to loan Ben Scott to Worcestershire.

Brondesbury's Simpson, 21, was drafted into the Middlesex side towards the end of last season and was selected for England's performance programme squad this winter.


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