1. ITV Report

Yorkshire sign New Zealand batsman Jeet Raval

Yorkshire have completed the signing of New Zealand international Jeet Raval.

Credit: Press Association

Raval will be available to play in Yorkshire’s final four Specsavers County Championship fixtures, however, has flown in early as cover for compatriot Kane Williamson who has been nursing a bruised finger on his left hand.

The 29-year-old has made 11 Test appearances, scoring a total of 648 runs at an average of 38.11. Raval’s Test debut came against Pakistan in 2016 where the opening batsman scored 55 and 36 runs (not out).

“We are delighted that Jeet has agreed to join us, initially as cover for Kane Williamson. Jeet will take over from Kane after the Somerset match and be with the squad until the end of the season.

“Kane has spoken highly of Jeet. We look forward to him joining and hopefully having a successful period with us.”

– Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon

“I’m a fairly orthodox player. I steady myself to bat for long periods of time. My role as an opening batsman in the team is to deny the opposition for long periods and set up a good total for the team that we can bowl at.” “I haven’t played county cricket, but I’ve spoken to a lot of guys in New Zealand who have played county cricket in recent years. They have spoken very highly of the standard, especially in division one. Kane Williamson is there, so I will be having a yarn to him and get as much information as I can to ensure that I’m prepared ahead of my first game.”

– Jeet Raval