The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has completed the signings of Australian international batsmen Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell
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.
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.
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.
Yorkshire County Cricket star Ryan Sidebottom has opened brand new nets at Hopton Mills Cricket Club.
The project was funded by a £46,000 grant which coach Richard Myers says will make a big difference to the club.
Championship winning bowler Sidebottom told ITV Calendar he hoped it would encourage more people to play cricket:
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.
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's Gary Ballance and Joe Root have both been named in England's ICC 2015 World Cup squad.
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.
Yorkshire have seven players selected in England’s initial 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup.
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.
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.
They'll be a civic reception for both Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos later today.
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 Captain Andrew Gale is surprised that England have not picked Gary Ballance in their One Day International winter squads.
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."