County champions Yorkshire have added highly-rated Australian batsman Travis Head to their squad for 2016.
The 22-year-old left hander will join the White Rose county in mid July as a replacement for Kane Williamson following the Kiwi’s return to international duty.
Head, who will play in all three formats for Yorkshire, recently made his T20 debut for Australia after a hugely successful Big Bash under Yorkshire’s head coach Jason Gillespie at the Adelaide Strikers.
“Travis is a great signing for us,” said Gillespie, who is back in England after steering the Strikers to the semi-finals of Australia’s T20 competition.
“He has had a terrific season in Australia and is eager to develop his skills in England. The fact that he can adapt to all formats is beneficial to us.
“He will add something different to the squad with his aggressive batting style and his ability with the ball as a genuine spinner.
“He has a lot of maturity for a young man and his cricket intelligence is improving with every match. He will fit in nicely to our system.”
Head’s capture completes Yorkshire’s overseas recruitment for a season that will see the county bid to claim a third consecutive Championship, a feat last achieved between 1966 and 1968.
“I can’t wait to get over to England,” said Head, “and play for Yorkshire, the best side in the English game.
“To work alongside ‘Dizzy’ (Jason Gillespie) is also an added attraction. He was brilliant for the Strikers and I have heard so many positive things about what he is doing with the team at Yorkshire.
“To play across all formats is important to me and playing in English conditions will be a good challenge. I can’t wait to get over and make an impact.”
Head will arrive on July 18, meaning the first game he is likely to be available for is the T20 Blast clash with Durham at Headingley two days later.