De Villiers a real 'coup' for Middlesex - Woakes
Chris Woakes claims his "brilliant" former team-mate AB de Villiers will be a huge "coup" for Middlesex in the coming T20 Blast season.
The county confirmed the swoop for the 36-year-old South African batsman earlier in the week as they look to ensure they improve on their record of two wins from 14 games in last season's Vitality Blast which left them at the bottom of the South Division.
De Villiers, who scored over 20,000 runs for his country, has now retired from international cricket, but Woakes is adamant that he will prove to be an excellent signing for Middlesex.
The 29-year-old Warwickshire and England all-rounder, who played alongside De Villiers in the Indian Premier League, told Sky Sports: "He is a bit of a freak and it is brilliant a world-class player like him will be playing with and against our own.
"It will be a great learning experience for youngsters to be with someone who will go down as a great of the game.
"They call him Mr 360 and watching him bat up close was pretty special. It's almost like he turns it on when he wants to."
Woakes added: "He is also a very down-to-earth, approachable guy – he's good to have a chat with, talk some nonsense with but you also want to pick his brain and learn about his genius.
"I can't speak highly enough of him – but I bet he'll have some bowlers quaking in their boots as he can absolutely destroy you."
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