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Australian Test star Peter Handscomb has signed for Yorkshire County Cricket Club for the forthcoming season.
Handscomb made his Test debut for Australia at the end of November and has impressed as a top order batsman, scoring 105 in only his second match for the baggy green.
The 25-year-old has played 64 First-Class matches and has a batting average of 41.37. The Victoria and Melbourne Stars batsman will be available to play in all three formats for Yorkshire over the summer.
Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket said: “We are delighted to secure Peter’s signature for the 2017 season. Peter is a player that we have been aware of for a couple of years now and he has made an excellent start to his Test career.
“We look forward to welcoming him to Headingley and hope that he enjoys playing his cricket for Yorkshire next year.”
“Peter is someone that we have had our eye on for a while. We looked at him as an option for last season, but the schedules didn’t quite work out. Since then he has gone from strength-to-strength, breaking into the Australian team and scoring his first Test hundred last week.
“We are getting a guy who is on the up. He is young and wants to prove himself on the biggest stage. That will be good for us in county cricket.
“Number three is where he might slot into in county cricket, but that is yet to be decided. He gives us another option with the gloves as well as he keeps wicket in the shorter forms for Victoria.
“The good thing is that he is a good player in all formats which suits us well given that he will be available for most of the season.”
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Yorkshire have signed Jake Lehmann, son of former Test batsman turned Australia coach Darren Lehmann for the remainder of the 2016 Specsavers County Championship season.
The left-hander joins the club ahead of a key period of Championship action, the first of six remaining games getting underway at Old Trafford on Saturday when the White Rose take on rivals Lancashire.
Lehmann, who is currently representing Australia A in Townsville against South Africa, is due to leave Adelaide on Wednesday and should arrive in time to play in that four-day match.
His move comes after the departure of Travis Head on Sunday. Head, 22, was selected for Australia’s One Day International Series in Sri Lanka and has left the Club with immediate effect.
“He’s a great kid, gives the ball a whack and has shown good nous and awareness. Having worked with him at the Strikers he’ll fit in to the changing room too, as all our players do. I just hope that he has a good time with us, enjoys himself and contributes to some good wins for Yorkshire.”