County news February 11, 2014

Yorkshire sign Finch for T20 blast

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Aaron Finch to bring 'wow factor' to Yorkshire

Yorkshire have pulled off arguably English cricket's most high-profile overseas signing for the relaunched NatWest T20 Blast by agreeing terms with the destructive Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch.

Finch, who demolished England's attack on several occasions in the recent limited-overs series, was bought by IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad for nearly $667,000 in the auction on Wednesday and he will join Yorkshire shortly after the tournament finishes in May.

Yorkshire's coup owes much to the close relationship between Darren Lehmann, the Australian coach, and a county which regards him as one of the most popular and successful players in its history.

"I had a good chat with Darren Lehmann and he recommended that I joined the club," Finch said. "He can't speak highly enough of the place and the loyality of Yorkshire's supporters. This is one of the biggest cricket clubs in the world with a history and tradition second to none."

Finch, 27, could be in line to make his debut for the Yorkshire Vikings against reigning T20 Champions Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the opening match of the T20 Blast competition at Headingley on May 16.

The Melbourne Renegades captain is currently ranked as one of the top three T20 batsmen in the world and holds the world-record for the highest-ever T20 international innings: 156, including a world record 14 sixes, against England at the Ageas Bowl last August. He was also man of the series against England in last month's T20 series in Australia.

Finch comes back with a reputation which has grown hugely since he spent a season playing cricket for Clifton Alliance in the York Senior League in 2009, when he was pushing for a place in the Victoria side and helped earn his keep by pulling pints behind the bar.

Finch will also have an opportunity to play Championship cricket in the temporary absence of Yorkshire's New Zealand batsman, Kane Williamson.

"I'm looking forward to testing myself in red-ball cricket," Finch said. "It's important for my cricket development to play in English conditions and to help Yorkshire be a force in all forms of the game will be a good challenge for me."

Yorkshire, heavily in debt, will be desperate for Finch to help fill Headingley for a T20 tournament which the ECB badly needs to capture the attention after several false starts. They are wasting no time taking advantage of the excitement; tickets for their T20 matches go on sale on Thursday.

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, said: "Aaron is one of the finest attacking batsmen in the game today and it's a real pleasure to have secured his signature. There are not many players in the world that can fill stadiums, but we believe that Aaron is certainly one those box-office stars.

"This signing shows our intent this year. We want to be amongst the best teams in one-day cricket cricket and to have the services of one of the best batsmen in the world is a very exciting proposition for the club."

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  • Oliver on February 12, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    The red ball cricket I think will be more beneficial to him than the white ball stuff. Given he's an absolute fixture in the limited overs sides for Australia and the relative uncertainty over the number six slot in the test team, he could potentially with a few big scores on relatively tricky English pitches put himself in the reckoning for Australian overseas tours coming up. He does offer a handy few overs of reasonable spin as well. Perhaps this isn't the best time for this comment given Marsh's exploits against SA so recently though.

  • Mark on February 12, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    A great signing on a par with Miller and Starc two years ago. Young players with international career ahead of them and not expensive old duffers like we have had in the past with Gibbs, Inzaman and others. Hope he enjoys his time with us, develops his game and takes a ton off the Lankys.

  • ESPN on February 12, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    @Big-Dog What the hell are you talking about? Saying Finch is hit and miss in T20 is like saying AB Devilliers is hit and miss in Test. His record is elite and speaks for itself.

  • Rod on February 12, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    From Melbourne (temperature down from all the 40+ days, but skies filled with bushfire smoke!) - Yorkshire, you are going to love Finchy!

  • Ronald on February 12, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Dunk or Simmons would have been a better signing. Finch is very 'hit or miss'.

  • Bryn on February 12, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    would have to be the best in the world well done Yorkshire I know If I was in leeds I would go to as many games possible to see him play. he will single handily sell out grounds around England.

  • Bob on February 12, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    The sight of Finch down one end and Root down the other will be awesome for the team...provided Finch stays on strike and only takes a single on the 6th ball of every over!

  • Nilantha on February 12, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    great signing for us, looking forward to watching him this summer...

  • Dummy on February 12, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Aaron is best fot T20' choice!!!

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