Pieter Malan: Batter leaves Middlesex early to re-join South African facet Boland

Middlesex batter Pieter Malan has left the club a month earlier than planned to re-join the South African domestic league.


Pieter Malan has struggled to repeat the fine form he showed for Middlesex at the end of the 2022 season

Pieter Malan has left Middlesex a month earlier than planned to re-join the South African domestic league.

The 34-year-old batter joined the club midway through last season and helped them secure promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.

He scored two-half centuries and 200 runs in their last five four-day matches, as well as 394 runs including a ton and four fifties in one-dayers.

But he has struggled to repeat that form in eight matches this season.

Malan has scored 221 runs with a highest knock of 66.

“Pieter is a wonderful human being, with an incredible work ethic,” Middlesex director of cricket Alan Coleman told the club websiteexternal-link.

“You’d struggle to find a player that works harder on his fitness and on continuing to develop his game, however he would be the first to admit that this season has been a struggle for him on the field.

“Pieter leaves…