Strength in depth thrills Fraser

29 January 2013 06:36:17 EST

Middlesex's director of cricket Angus Fraser believes new England call-up James Harris can help the London club get even closer to the County Championship title.

Steve Finn could feature for Middlesex this year.

Middlesex were the surprise package of the top-flight in 2012, finishing third 12 months after securing promotion as champions of Division Two.

And with 22-year-old Harris on board to add depth and endeavour to their bowling attack, Fraser views the squad in a different light to years gone by.

"In the past we have spent winters worrying about keeping hold of our players so the signing of James was particularly exciting for us," ex-England seamer Fraser said.

"Our objective last year when we got into Division One was to leave a positive impression on the division and we did that, I hope.

"The signing of James increases our chance of doing that again next summer. It is nice that, following our signing of Joe Denly last year, another young cricketer sees the potential we believe we possess."

Middlesex will be led by Australian Chris Rogers in four-day cricket once more with Neil Dexter remaining club captain but only leading in limited-overs assignments.

Whoever is leading will have impressive bowling stocks at their disposal, with West Indies veteran Corey Collymore, Ireland's Tim Murtagh, England Lions seamer Toby Roland-Jones and all-rounder Gareth Berg all backing up regular England man Steve Finn and new addition Harris, who took over 200 Championship wickets for Glamorgan, including a seven-wicket haul as a 17-year-old.

Middlesex are 50/1 to finish two places better in 2013 while Yorkshire are available at 15/8 to win the title and Surrey at 1212/1.

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