Cricket: Big-hitting Finch joins Tykes

Yorkshire have announced the signing of Australia batsman Aaron Finch. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire.
Yorkshire have announced the signing of Australia batsman Aaron Finch. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire.
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Yorkshire’s signing of Aaron Finch, one of the top three T20 batsmen in the world, followed advice from Australian coach Darren Lehmann, probably the most successful ‘import’ the county have had.

Finch, who currently captains Melbourne Renegades in Australia’s Big Bash T20 competition, will join Yorkshire after his Indian Premier League commitments so could be set for his debut for Yorkshire against reigning T20 Champions Northants in the opening match of the NatWest T20 Blast competition at Headingley on Friday, May 16.

The 27-year-old Aussie opener is currently rated one of the top three T20 batsmen in the world and holds the world record for the highest ever T20 international innings with 156, including hitting a world record 14 sixes, against England at Southampton last August.

He said: “It’s a great honour to be joining Yorkshire County Cricket Club, one of the biggest cricket clubs in the world with a history and tradition second to none. I’ve heard so much about the place and can’t wait to join up with Jason Gillespie and the rest of the squad in May.

After hearing of Yorkshire’s interest, I had a good chat with Darren Lehman I had a good chat with Darren Lehmann (Australia coach) and he played there, of course, and he couldn’t speak highly enough of the place and Yorkshire’s loyal supporters and recommended that I join.”

Finch - who had a year in league cricket with Clifton Alliance in the York Senior league - says he wants to play in all formats of the game for Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said: “Aaron is one of the finest attacking batsmen in the game today and it’s a real pleasure to have secured his signature.

“He’s been instrumental in Australia’s recent success, with some notable runs in the recent one day series against England, including winning the Man of the Series and top-scoring with a 121 in Melbourne.”