Full name Nicholas Richard Trail Gubbins
Born December 31, 1993, Richmond, Surrey
Current age 23 years 327 days
Major teams Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Middlesex Under-15s, Middlesex Under-17s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education Radley College; Leeds University
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Leeds, Apr 5-7, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Middlesex v Warwickshire at Lord's, Aug 6-8, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Glamorgan v Middlesex at Cardiff, Jul 26, 2014 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford, May 12, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Middlesex v Gloucestershire at Richmond, Jun 14, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Middlesex v Hampshire at Lord's, Aug 3, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|14, 15||Middlesex||v Warwickshire||Lord's||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|4||Middlesex||v Hampshire||Lord's||3 Aug 2017||T20|
|2||Middlesex||v Sussex||Hove||28 Jul 2017||T20|
|1||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||27 Jul 2017||T20|
|21||Middlesex||v Somerset||Taunton||23 Jul 2017||T20|
|6, 27||Middx 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Northwood||11 Jul 2017||Other|
|45||Middx 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Richmond||10 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|71||Middx 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Richmond||10 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|0, 16||Middlesex||v Essex||Chelmsford||26 Jun 2017||FC|
|4, 63||Eng Lions||v SA A||Canterbury||21 Jun 2017||FC|
Nick Gubbins' heavy run-scoring was instrumental in Middlesex's 2016 Championship triumph. At 22, he hit 1,409 first-class runs at an average of 61.26 as Middlesex took the title for the first time in 23 years, showing a sound technique and the most enviable of temperaments.
England Lions opportunities followed. But as Middlesex suffered a shock relegation the following summer, Gubbins was one of many whose form deteriorated. When Nasser Hussain proposed him as a solution to England's top-order problems, a hamstring injury meant that there would not be too much study of an average in the mid-20s.
Gubbins, a compact left-hander, has gradually broadened his game since making his debut in 2014. He struck four Championship hundreds, including a career-best unbeaten 201 against Lancashire on the sort of unresponsive Lord's pitch that made the title win so creditable. England considered him for the Test party to Bangladesh and India but their surfeit of left-handers was not in his favour and instead he joined up with England Lions.
He made an outstanding start to his Championship career, with three half-centuries in his first four innings in 2014. His game, initially, was built on accumulation rather than domination, but his ability to strike the ball cleanly contributed to a successful Royal London Cup campaign in 2015 which included a maiden Middlesex century against Sussex at Hove, brought up with a six over midwicket. He can expect plenty of comparisons with another left-handed Middlesex opener from Radley College - Andrew Strauss.