AJAZ PATEL is ready and raring to go ahead of his short-term overseas stint with Yorkshire.

The New Zealand left-armer is planning to put “his own spin on things” as he bids to fill the shoes of Keshav Maharaj, who has returned to international duty with South Africa having taken 38 wickets in only five Specsavers County Championship appearances.

Patel will debut in the clash with Kent at Emerald Headingley, starting on Monday (10.30am), the first of two season-ending appearances as Yorkshire bid to cement third place in Division One.

The 30-year-old has had a busy English summer. He played club cricket in Surrey for Cranleigh CC before returning to Test commitments with the Black Caps in Sri Lanka last month.

He took nine wickets in a 1-1 drawn series having taken 56 wickets as the overseas pro for Cranleigh in the second tier of the Surrey Championship competition.

“I’m feeling good at the moment,” said the Mumbai-born player who represents Central Districts in NZ state cricket.

“The body's good and the ball’s coming out of the hand nicely.

“Keshav is a world-class bowler and has done so well - on the international stage as well. He’s someone who is very skilled in terms of the art of spin bowling.

“They’re big shoes to fill, no doubt. But I will try and put my own spin on things and do things my way. Hopefully I can be just as successful.”

Patel is not fazed by the short and sharp nature of his Yorkshire spell, with games against Kent and Warwickshire at Edgbaston only. He has to hit the ground running in that regard.

“The nature of professional cricket now is that you move around and play for a lot of different teams, contributing in different ways,” he said.

“Even with the New Zealand team (in Sri Lanka), I was there for two Test Matches. That was all pretty sudden. You’re on a plane and away you go.

“I’ll try and contribute (to Yorkshire) as much as I can.

“I’ll just break it down to one game at a time and hope there’s a good result at the end of it.

“I don’t know a lot about what the county conditions offer, but I watched the Ashes Test at Headingley. It looked like there was a bit on offer for spinners in terms of pace and bounce.

“I know at Warwickshire they have Jeetan Patel, so there should be some turn on offer there as well.

“Both grounds are exciting prospects to be playing on.”