Helm bids to re­pay Fraser’s pa­tience

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE & NEWS - By Joshua Peck

TOM Helm will re­main a Mid­dle­sex player un­til at least the end of the 2019 sea­son hav­ing ex­tended his con­tract with the club.

Helm, 22, made his Mid­dle­sex first-class de­but in 2013, but in­juries have re­stricted him to seven fur­ther first-class out­ings.

The pace­man has been in­cluded in the Eng­land Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka next month hav­ing played a hand­ful of lim­ited-overs matches in 2016. And Mid­dle­sex man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of cricket An­gus Fraser is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Helm.

Fraser said: “Tom has had no luck with in­juries, but he re­mains one of the most ex­cit­ing young crick­eters in the coun­try. This is why we will con­tinue to sup­port him.

“In the lim­ited cricket he has played we’ve seen just what he can pro­duce and, ob­vi­ously, the Lions also wit­nessed it dur­ing the train­ing camp in UAE Tom was at be­fore Christ­mas, hence his se­lec­tion for Sri Lanka.

“All Tom needs is an in­jury-free pe­riod. When he gets this his ca­reer will move for­ward very quickly. We all hope that pe­riod is 2017 – he de­serves it to be.”

The hand­ful of games in 2017 came af­ter Helm missed all the 2015 cam­paign due to a stress frac­ture in his back, while his 2016 sea­son ended in June when he tore an­kle lig­a­ments dur­ing a One-Day Cup match.

Helm said: “I’d like to thank An­gus and the rest of the Mid­dle­sex man­age­ment for con­tin­u­ing to show faith in me and for sup­port­ing me through what has been a dif­fi­cult and frus­trat­ing cou­ple of years spent largely on the side­lines.

“I’m feel­ing fit and strong now and am ex­cited about the prospect of a winter ahead with the Eng­land Lions be­fore re­turn­ing to Mid­dle­sex in pre-sea­son when I can set about re­pay­ing the be­lief they’ve shown in me.”

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