County news February 19, 2016

Travis Head signs for Yorkshire

ESPNcricinfo staff

Travis Head has come to prominence through the Big Bash © Getty Images

Yorkshire have signed Travis Head, the South Australia, Adelaide Strikers and Australia batsman, for the second half of the English season.

Head, 22, who made his debut for Australia in the T20 series against India last month, will replace Kane Williamson from July 18 when he returns to international duty.

The move will reunite Head with Jason Gillespie who was the Strikers coach during the 2015-16 Big Bash where Head excelled with 299 runs at a strike-rate of 154.92 runs. His standout innings was an unbeaten 101 against Sydney Sixers when he took 51 runs off the last three overs to win the match for the Strikers.

His returns in the current Sheffield Shield season are not as eye-catching with 322 runs in seven matches at an average 24.76, but Gillespie expects him to play a key role in all three formats.

"Travis is a great signing for us," Gillespie said. "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 said: "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."

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  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 20, 2016, 0:17 GMT

    Good to see him at Yorkshire & Bancroft going to Gloucester. Would just be useful for the likes of Lynn & M Marsh to get some county experience now. Perhaps Trevor Bayliss could sort it for us.

  • BradmanBestEver on February 19, 2016, 17:23 GMT

    So Yorkshire are getting head. Lucky them

  • GeoffreysMother on February 19, 2016, 14:25 GMT

    Well I think he is a good signing: ambitious talented young men are always better signings than jaded former stars. He looks an unselfish bloke and Gillespie will have judged that he has the team ethos that will fit into Yorkshire set up. Yorkshire will benefit in T20 greatly and he will learn much at Yorkshire about first class cricket so as with all good overseas signings both club and player benefit. I like the idea of extended links and Yorkshire have a good record of that with Williamson and Lehmann in the past but we must recognise that as NZ's new captain Kane will have restricted opportunities to continue his links with the county. Welcome Travis.

  • howdle on February 19, 2016, 13:38 GMT

    Those English bowlers in Country Cricket must be pretty bad.

  • jb633 on February 19, 2016, 13:36 GMT

    Not sure how good the BBL stars are. On the flattest wickets in the world and against average bowling, it is difficult to judge how good the batsmen who succeed in it are.

  • Liatom14 on February 19, 2016, 13:09 GMT

    Indian first class averages are seriously over inflated Samroy, you must know this.

    Also, playing on Indian tracks is far different to English wickets.

  • xtrafalgarx on February 19, 2016, 12:33 GMT

    Averaging 30 in Australia is like averging 40 against those English bowlers in Country Cricket.

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on February 19, 2016, 11:54 GMT

    Can't see him getting into the Yorkshire team for Championship matches. He'd weaken the side. Not so sure that's a very good signing

  • SamRoy on February 19, 2016, 11:12 GMT

    It's a travesty that a lot of really talented young Indian batsman like Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Sarfaraz Khan who are not regulars in the Indian ODI or test team but really are fine, fine batsmen (all averaging 50+ and look really good) do not get a chance to play in county cricket whereas average talent like Travis Head (who averages 30 in first class cricket for 40 games) gets a chance. It really does help if there are Aussie coaches in county cricket you know :)

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