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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

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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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Ballance picks up ICC award

Yorkshire cricketer Gary Ballance has been named Emerging Cricketer of the Year at the ICC awards.

The left-handed batsman scored three Test centuries during his first season in international cricket and helped Yorkshire win this year's County Championship for the first time in 13 years.

Civic reception to be held for Rhinos and Tykes

They'll be a civic reception for both Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos later today.

Winners: Yorkshire won the County Championship for a record 31st time last month Credit: Press Association

The reception at Leeds Civic Hall is in celebration of the Tykes County Championship winning season and for the Rhinos rugby league Challenge Cup winning campaign.

Yorkshire secured their County Championship Crown for a record 31st time after they thrashed Nottinghamshire last month.

Meanwhile,the Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers 23-10 at Wembley back in August to end a run of six consecutive defeats in the Challenge Cup final.

Seventh time lucky: The Rhinos had lost their previous six Challenge Cup finals Credit: Press Association

Gale: England missing a trick by not choosing to have Ballance

Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that England have not picked Gary Ballance in their One Day International winter squads.

No Ballance: Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that Gary Ballance was not picked for England's ODI tours to India and Sri Lanka Credit: Press Association

Ballance has been in fine form throughout the summer, helping England to a Test series win over India and Yorkshire to the County Championship title.

Speaking in his Yorkshire Post column, Gale, who is expected to be cleared of allegations of racism against Lancashire's Ashwell Prince, said: "I think England are missing a trick there because he is one of the best one-day and Twenty20 players in the country, but for whatever reason, England don’t seem to see that and see him more as a Test player.

"But I definitely believe in all three formats that Gary is one of the best players in the country.

"It has surprised me a little bit as I thought Gary would have been on that trip.

"He obviously hasn’t played much one-day cricket for England this summer, but if you give him an opportunity, Gary will take it.

"For me, it would have been nice to see him on that tour."

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