County cricket January 27, 2016

Kane Williamson returns to Yorkshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kane Williamson will further strength an impressive Yorkshire side © Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

Kane Williamson will return to Yorkshire for a third time after agreeing a six-week stint in the middle of the English season.

Williamson, who previously played for Yorkshire in 2013 and 2014, will be available from June 9 to July 18 - a period which will include three County Championship matches, eight NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and three Royal London one-day games.

Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire's head coach, said: "We are delighted to welcome Kane back to Headingley. He is a quality player and person. The opportunity to secure one of, if not, the best players in the world is one you have to take up.

"His value as a player is beyond question. His attitude, work ethic and leadership as an overseas player is brilliant.

In 2015, Williamson set a New Zealand scoring record with 2692 runs across all formats. Depending on England call-ups, he is likely to form a hefty Yorkshire top order alongside Adam Lyth, Alex Lees and Gary Ballance.

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  • John on January 28, 2016, 21:25 GMT

    He won't get a chance to bat with Root. His stint will coincide with the heart of England's summer season. Besides with Root playing all 3 formats I doubt ECB will release him except for early season match practice in April/May to get ready for SL and Pak.

  • Russell on January 28, 2016, 11:05 GMT

    Great news for the County Championship. Shame he isn't coming at the start of the season, i'd love to see him batting with Root. Williamson has the perfect game for English conditions. Great player, I hope he batters the Aussies next month

  • paul on January 28, 2016, 7:37 GMT

    fantastic, there's a realistic chance we could see the best 2 batsmen in world cricket at the crease together for Yorkshire this year. If we put out our best 11 we'd be competitive with most national sides

  • Ed on January 28, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    Best team, awesome player.

  • Tony on January 27, 2016, 20:59 GMT

    This is fantastic news. Really looking forward to Scarborough on July 3rd.

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