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Yorkshire land Pakistan international batsman Khan

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of Pakistan top-order batsman Younus Khan.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of Pakistan top-order batsman Younus Khan. Credit: Press Association

Khan, 37, will join Yorkshire in April and will be available for the LV= County Championship opener at New Road against Worcestershire starting on Sunday April 12.

The Pakistani right-hander returns to the White Rose county where he starred in 2007. In 19 Championship innings for Yorkshire, he scored 824 runs at an average of 48.47 including a top score of 217 not out against Kent at Scarborough in the July of that year.

We are delighted to secure the services of Younus. We have been looking for a world-class batsman to strengthen our batting department at the start of the season. Younus fits the bill and will add real quality to our top-order. It also helps that he understands the culture of the Club and what it means to play for Yorkshire. That was a major factor in signing him.

– Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon

It is a great honour to be returning to Headingley and playing for Yorkshire. This is one of the finest cricket clubs in the world. Yorkshire are going well and deserved to win the title last year. I hope my experiences in the First-class game will help them maintain their position at the top of the County Championship. The County Championship is regarded as one of the best domestic competitions in the world and to test myself in English conditions can only enhance my game. For the Yorkshire supporters, I am eager to replicate the form I showed the last time I was involved and build on the club’s superb form over the past couple of seasons.

– Younus Khan

Leaning and Rhodes sign up for the long-term with Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire pair Jack Leaning and Will Rhodes have become the latest players to sign long-term deals with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Leaning, who is currently enjoying a successful close season in Australia with Sydney-based side Sutherland, has agreed an extension until December 2017 and former England under 19s captain Rhodes has also signed on until the end of 2017.

The 21-year-old Leaning was an integral part of Yorkshire’s Championship winning success in 2014 playing 10 matches. As a middle-order batsman, he averaged just over 38 in LV= County Championship cricket with a top score of 99 against Sussex at Arundel. In limited overs cricket, Leaning was more successful with a super batting average of 55 in the Royal London One-Day Cup including a maiden century of 111 not out against Essex Eagles at Scarborough last August.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with Yorkshire,” said Leaning.

“I am still learning my trade as a professional cricketer. It was very special to be part of a winning team last year in my first full season. I hope that I can continue to progress and contribute to the long-term success of the Club.”

Hull-born all-rounder Rhodes is highly-regarded by the Yorkshire cricket department. He has yet to feature in a First-class match for the White Rose county, but has shown tremendous potential in the few games he has played for the Club in One-day cricket. Over the next couple of years he is keen to establish himself as a regular member of the senior squad.

“I am enjoying my cricket and in particular being part of the Yorkshire set-up,” said the 19-year-old, who has spent the off-season honing his skills with the senior side at Headingley.

“There is a great spirit amongst the group and I just love coming into Headingley every day and working on my game. I felt that I had a good season last year with the England under 19s and the Yorkshire Second XI. My aim is to continue to work hard, play well and be part of the senior set-up over the next few years. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Since the start of the year, six players have signed new contracts with the Club including Alex Lees, Steve Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom in the last fortnight.


Sidebottom signs on for another year with Yorkshire

Ryan Sidebottom has signed a one-year extension with Yorkshire which will keep him at Headingley until at least December 2016.

Ryan Sidebottom signs on for another year Credit: Press Association

The Huddersfield born left-armer, who is in his second spell with Yorkshire, will start his 18th season in First-class cricket this year.

I am absolutely delighted to be signing a new deal. It’s been a great couple of years for the Club, with us winning the Championship and continuing to improve. I think it shows where the Club is going and I still love playing, the passion is still there. I enjoy coming in and playing with a great bunch of lads. We can do great things if we keep continuing in the same vain. It’s about working hard for each other and to build on that team spirit and camaraderie and togetherness. This is a special Club, for me, the best around.

– Ryan Sidebottom, Yorkshire CCC

Yorkshire bag Aussie batsmen

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has completed the signings of Australian international batsmen Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell

Aaron Finch is to join Yorkshire after his IPL duties Credit: Press Association

Finch, the 28-year-old Australian T20 captain, will be returning to Headingley for his second spell after a successful campaign last term. He will arrive after his Indian Premier League commitments in May.

Hard-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell, 26, will arrive after his IPL obligations and will play for the Yorkshire Vikings in the T20 Blast competition. This week he won the coveted Cricket Australia’s Twenty20 Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal evening in Sydney.

Both players have been named in Australia’s ICC World Cup squad, which gets underway next month in Australia and New Zealand and are currently playing against England and India in the Tri-Series tournament in their native country.

Glenn Maxwell will play for Yorkshire Vikings in the T20 Blast Credit: Press Association

As a club we’re absolutely thrilled to bits to be able to secure the services of two very exciting players in world cricket. Aaron (Finch) has been at the Club before and for Glenn (Maxwell) this will be his first experience at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I spoke to Glenn a little while ago and just enquired as to whether he would be interested in representing Yorkshire and outlined how we saw how well he could fit into the dressing room and the role we wanted him to play. He jumped at the opportunity, I think that says a lot about our Club, that players really want to come and play for us.

– Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire’s First Team Coach

Adam Lyth extends Yorkshire contract

Yorkshire and England Lions opening batsman Adam Lyth has signed a three-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club until at least December 2018.

Adam Lyth has signed a three-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club until at least December 2018. Credit: Press Association

The left-hander is currently on tour with the England Lions in South Africa and after a memorable 2014, which saw him win every major domestic player of the year award alongside Yorkshire winning their 33rd County title, Lyth is looking forward to another successful campaign across all formats.

Lyth scored 1489 Championship runs last term topping the run scoring charts with an average of 67.68.

With the Whitby-born opener playing the best cricket of his career, many in the game believe that Lyth is capable of reaching his potential and earning Test recognition in the next 12 months, which is an ambition he still wishes to fulfil.

I am delighted to be committing my long-term future to Yorkshire. It has been an incredible year for me and I just want to keep on improving. To play for this Club is very special and to contribute to our recent success is why we play. I dream of winning trophies for Yorkshire and after winning the Championship, I firmly believe this will be first of many. I have enjoyed playing with the England Lions this winter and I have a strong desire to play for England senior side, hopefully sooner rather than later. As a cricketer, you want to test yourself against the best. I would love to play for England. All I can do is work hard, continue to score runs and put myself in the minds of the selectors. I try not to think too much about that. All I want to do is play to my best and help Yorkshire continue to prosper.

– Adam Lyth

It was really easy to get Adam (Lyth) signed up for the long-term. He wanted to extend his contract and be part of our plans over the next few years. Lythie has always had a lot of natural talent. What we are seeing now is a growing maturity about his batting. He is potentially close to an England call-up, which is testament to his ability as one of the country’s leading players. The way he adapts to different situations is his biggest strength. We have seen him play a number of quality innings where he has had to work hard and apply himself. His ability to accumulate big runs was a factor in his success and we can expect another big year from him in 2015.

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket


Six Yorkshire players picked for England Lions

England selectors have confirmed that six Yorkshire players have been named in the England Lions squads for the tour of South Africa beginning in early January.

County champions Yorkshire have six players in the England Lions squad Credit: Press Association

Having been involved with the England Performance Programme during the winter, Jonathan Bairstow, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid have been selected.

Yorkshire pair Joe Root and Gary Ballance were also selected in the England World Cup squad.

Yorkshire duo make England World Cup squad

Yorkshire's Gary Ballance and Joe Root have both been named in England's ICC 2015 World Cup squad.

Gary Ballance (centre) and Joe Root (right) have both been included in England's World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Ballance replaces Alistair Cook in the 15-man squad, who has been dropped as captain in favour of Eoin Morgan.

Ballance is one of three changes to the squad that suffered a recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka.

Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow, who were all named in England's preliminary 30-man squad, have not been selected.

Seven Yorkshire players in World Cup contention

Yorkshire have seven players selected in England’s initial 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup.

County champions Yorkshire have seven players in England's provisional ICC World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Seamer Jack Brooks has received his first England call up with Adil Rashid making a return to the England set-up.

They're joined by fellow county championship winners Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Joe Root.

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