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Yorkshire sign New Zealand star Kane Williamson

Yorkshire have announced the signing of New Zealand star Kane Williamson for a third term.

Williamson captained New Zealand to a two-one T20 series win over Pakistan on home soil earlier this month Credit: Press Association

The top-order batsman will be available from June 9 until July 18. During this period, he is set to play in all formats for the White Rose, which includes three County Championship matches, eight NatWest T20 Blast games and three Royal London One-Day Cup matches.

The 25-year-old right-hander has had an incredible 12 months on the world stage and alongside Yorkshire and England’s Joe Root.

In all international matches for the Black Caps in 2015, he scored a record 2633 runs at an average of 65.82, which included eight hundreds and 13 fifties during the calendar year.

We are delighted to welcome Kane (Williamson) 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.

– Jason Gillespie, First Team Coach

I am very excited to be heading back to Yorkshire. I have certainly enjoyed my first two stints there and I am looking forward to joining the team for a third term this summer. To be fortunate to play for Yorkshire, a great set-up with a top bunch of people, can only help me improve and enhance my game.

– Kane Williamson

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.

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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.

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Dickie Bird to be President of Yorkshire Cricket Club

Dickie Bird was awarded an OBE in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Former Test umpire Dickie Bird is to be the new President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Dickie, who's now 80, played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire before becoming the best known umpire in the game.

He succeeds Geoff Boycott, who's been the county's President since 2012.