County news September 24, 2013

Yorkshire sign up Williamson

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yorkshire have confirmed the signing of New Zealand international Kane Williamson as their overseas player for the 2014 season after he made an impressive short-term contribution to their abortive Championship challenge.

Williamson, 23, who joined Yorkshire in August, averaged 53 with the bat from seven Championship innings including a top score of 97 only for Yorkshire's challenge to be outdone as Durham won their third title in six seasons.

Despite the disappointment, Yorkshire have taken to Williamson, both for his zealous approach and ability to bat on difficult pitches, and now see him as a potential long-term overseas signing.

"It is great news to have Kane on board for next season," said Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon. "He has settled in well and is a popular member of the dressing room. We have seen him excel in four-day cricket in the short time he has been with us and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset in all forms of the game next season.

"For a young man, he has already gained a massive amount of experience playing at the highest level against the best teams in the world. He should be available for the majority of next season and play his part in our efforts to be successful and competitive in all forms of the game."

Yorkshire have vowed to improve their limited-overs performances next season and, although Williamson is not renowned as a one-day player, a changed Twenty20 format, which sees the tournament played on Friday nights for the majority of the season, means that overseas players will have to adapt to all formats.

Williamson, who plays his final match against Surrey at The Oval, believes Yorkshire are on the verge of a successful period. "I have only been at the club for a short period of time and already it feels like I have been playing here for many years," said Williamson.

"One of the reasons why I wanted to return next season was the fact that we are on verge of something special. We have all the processes in place to be successful over the next few years.

"I know all about the history and the traditions of the club. Even back home it is talked about fondly and is held in high esteem. It would be nice to be part of the squad that creates its own piece of history.

Once his commitments come to an end with Yorkshire at the end of this week, Williamson will be joining up with New Zealand on their tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before home series against West Indies and India.

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  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    While his stats could be said to suggest otherwise, Williamson has always been looked at as a long form player. Probably more to do with his classical technique and temperament rather than his actual results. One could fairly say the same of Jonathan Trott, who also possesses higher averages in the fifty over format.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Saw Kane Williamson get his cap for Gloucestershire against about 3 years ago against (us) Middlesex. He was about 19. Could see the class in his fairly short innings.Come a long way in a short time - quality.

  • Freeza on September 24, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Good news for NZC and Williamson, would be great to see more of our batsman get a longer stint in the county championship. Big season ahead of him test cricket wise though, I am a big fan of his but he hasn't done wonderfully so far in his test career (although he has faced some very good teams) hopefully he scores big this summer.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Who says he isn't renowned as a one-day player? He averages 42 in List-A and 36 in ODIs, both of which are higher than his respective long-form averages! Poor comment, that.

  • Shane on September 24, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    This is great news, and from the perspective of a NZ fan it's exactly what we need to see more of in the future. Williamson is one of the new kiwi players that is gaining huge first class experience, and this is going to make him much more likely to deliver on the international scene. As for his short form record, make no mistake that he has the ability to contribute in these formats as well. Good stuff Kane.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    "Not renowned as a one day player" one only has to look at his last couple of seasons in the Ford Trophy to realise that isn't true.

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    A busy time ahead for Williamson! He can be successful with those green shoelaces.

  • Michael on September 24, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    "although Williamson is not renowned as a one-day player"

    His List A average is better than his First Class, unless you meant T20.

  • Mark on September 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Very good signing. Would be great to see him playing as a long-term overseas player. We don't see that very much anymore due to the amount of test-cricket played but it will be good for Kane, Yorkshire, NZ and the County Championship to have him playing in it.

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