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Yorkshire sign New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson
Yorkshire have signed New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson to help to bolster their batting resources as they attempt to secure the LV County Championship title in their 150th season.
Concerned by the growing number of international calls on their squad, with Gary Ballance, Alex Lees and Liam Plunkett playing for England Lions against Australia later this week in Northampton, while Tim Bresnan, Joe Root and York-based Jonny Bairstow helped England to retain the Ashes, they have signed the 23-year-old batsman for the final five matches of the championship season.
Ballance has also been selected for the Lions squad to face Bangladesh ‘A’ next week, so Williamson has been recruited and will join up with the Yorkshire squad in time for the championship match at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire, which starts next Wednesday, having toured England earlier this summer as part of New Zealand’s squad.
“Once we knew that Gary was unavailable, because of his international call-up, we made a conscious effort to bring in a proven international batsman to help bolster the squad,” admitted Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s head coach. “The decision was made in consultation with Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale, and Michael Vaughan, representing the Board on cricketing matters, also played a pivotal role in bringing in Kane.
“It is the right thing to do and he is a quality player with a proven first-class record.”
Williamson, who averages over 40 in first-class cricket, said: “It is a club steeped in history and with some important cricket still to be played this season, I hope I can make a difference and help Yorkshire realise its dream of winning the Championship crown in its 150th anniversary year.”
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