August 28, 2003

Martyn signs for Yorkshire

Wisden CricInfo staff

Damien Martyn has signed for Yorkshire for the remainder of the county season, as a replacement for their current overseas players, Stephen Fleming and Yuvraj Singh, who will be away on international duty.

Martyn, who has never before played county cricket, did spend the 1991 season on the Leicestershire staff as a 19-year-old. He is set to make his National League debut against Surrey at Headingley on Sunday.

Martyn is currently at the peak of his powers as an international batsman. He overcame a broken finger to score an unbeaten 88 in Australia's World Cup final victory over India in Johannesburg, and has scored exactly 2000 runs in 33 Tests, at an average of 46.51.

Yorkshire will be hopeful that he will make more of an impact than either Fleming or Yuvraj. Of the two, Fleming was the more successful, scoring 392 runs in six championship games and 258 in six National League matches. Yuvraj, on the other hand, was a major disappointment, averaging just 17 in the championship and 21 in eight one-day games.