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Finch returns to Australia after fracturing foot

Aaron Finch in action during the Natwest Blast T20 match against the Birmingham Bears. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Australian international Aaron Finch will miss the rest of Yorkshire’s season after scans confirmed that the batsman has fractured a bone in his right foot. He'll return home later today to see a specialist in Melbourne.

The Australia Twenty20 captain picked up the metatarsal injury during the NatWest T20 Blast victory over Durham Jets on Friday at Headingley.

The Club is now looking to extend fellow Aussie Glenn Maxwell’s stay as cover for Finch. Maxwell plays his last match for the Club this evening before joining Australia A for a two week tour of India, but it's hoped that he'll return at the end of the month to figure in the County Championship and the Royal London One-Day Cup.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson will join the Club for the final four games of the Championship campaign at the end of August.

“That’s the end of the season for Aaron, as far as Yorkshire is concerned. It is a great disappointment for Aaron and the Club and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire CCC Director of Cricket

Gough pedals 300 miles for cricket charity

Former Yorkshire and England pace bowler Darren Gough is taking part in a 300 mile bike ride to raise more than £200,000 for charity.

Gough and his fellow cyclists are pedalling between all five 2005 Ashes venues to mark the 10th anniversary of England's famous 2-1 series win against Australia. The ride started yesterday at Old Trafford, and is taking in Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Lord's, before finishing at the Oval on Wednesday.

The target is to raise £200,000 for charity. 50% of the money will go to the Lord's Taverners, the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. The rest of the money will go to local charities nominated by the individual cyclists.

When the team arrived at Edgbaston, Gough spoke to ITV about the cycle ride, and England's victory in the first Test of the current Ashes series at Cardiff.

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Yorkshire's Adil Rashid named in Ashes Test squad

Uncapped leg-spinner Adil Rashid is the surprise inclusion in England's 13-man squad for the first Investec Ashes Test in Cardiff next week.

Credit: Press Association

The Yorkshireman was not a part of the 14-man training squad that travelled to Spain for four days as part of a bonding trip with new head coach Trevor Bayliss, which was widely viewed as an indicator of the squad the hosts would choose to take on Australia at SSE Swalec.

Seamers Mark Footitt and Liam Plunkett, who did travel to Almeria, miss out, with England including the full XI that played in both Tests against New Zealand earlier in the summer, plus Rashid and paceman Steven Finn.

Records tumble for Yorkshire at Durham

Yorkshire have been re-writing the record books in their top of the table County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street. An unbeaten 7th wicket partnership of 366 between Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan has put second placed Yorkshire in complete command. Both hit career bests - Bairstow 219 not out and Bresnan 169 not out - and their partnership was:

  • The highest 7th wicket stand in county cricket history
  • The third highest ever 7th wicket stand in first class cricket worldwide
  • Yorkshire's 5th highest ever stand for any wicket

The pair came together with Yorkshire struggling on 191 for 6, after being put into bat by the Division One leaders. When skipper Andrew Gale finally declared, they'd taken the score on to 567.

Jonny Bairstow - career best 219 not out against Durham Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Tim Bresnan - career best 169 not out at Chester-le-Street Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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