Aussie pair to play for Yorkshire

Aaron Finch at Headingley ready for his debut for Yorkashire on nfriday in the Narwest T20Bash
Aaron Finch at Headingley ready for his debut for Yorkashire on nfriday in the Narwest T20Bash

Yorkshire have announced that Australian batsmen Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell will be their overseas signings for the coming season.

Finch returns for a second season at Headingley and will be available in all formats from the end of his Indian Premier League commitments, while Maxwell will feature in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Finch made an LV= County Championship century against Warwickshire last summer and averaged 48.50 as the Tykes won the four-day competition.

He also made two Twenty20 half-centuries, including a blistering 89 against Nottinghamshire, though his most memorable contributions in that format were the two boundary catches he took with spectacular assists from Adam Lyth.

“It is great to be heading back to Yorkshire,” said Finch.

“I enjoyed my time with the club last year and made some lifelong friendships.

“This year the club will be aiming to win the title again and there is a major emphasis on doing well in the T20 competition.

“Having Maxi playing alongside me will be terrific. He is a true competitor and loves the shorter form of the game.”

Maxwell, Australia’s newly-crowned Twenty20 player of the year, has previously represented Hampshire and Surrey in English cricket.

He said: “I’m pumped and can’t wait to play for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast competition.

“Yorkshire are one of biggest clubs in the world and to get the chance to play for them is an honour.

“I had two great spells with Hampshire and loved every minute. Heading to Yorkshire gives me a new challenge that I will relish.”

First team coach Jason Gillespie added: “We’re absolutely thrilled to bits to be able to secure the services of two very exciting players in world cricket.”

It is the second big announcement in consecutive days from the Headingley club following the news that England Lions opening batsman Lyth had signed a three-year contract extension.

That will keep the classy left-hander, who won every major domestic player of the year award in 2014 as Yorkshire clinching their 33rd county title, at Yorkshire until at least December 2018.