Head set for Yorkshire stint

Yorkshire have filled their quota of overseas players for 2016 with the addition of Australian top-order batsman Travis Head.

The powerful 22-year-old, who has played two T20 internationals, will arrive at Headingley on July 18, when Kane Williamson joins up with New Zealand for international duty.

Head worked with Yorkshire first-team coach Jason Gillespie at Adelaide Strikers during the Big Bash League, and smashed 299 runs at an average of 42.71.

His unbeaten 101 against Sydney Sixers was particularly memorable, as he scored all of the 51 runs required off the last three overs, including a winning six to bring up his ton.

“I can’t wait to get over to England and play for Yorkshire, the best side in the English game,” said Head, who currently captains South Australia Redbacks in the Sheffield Shield.

Travis Head celebrates hitting the winning six, and reaching his century, for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash

“To work alongside Dizzy [Gillespie] is also an added attraction. He was brilliant for the Strikers and I have heard so many positive things about what he is doing with the team at Yorkshire.

“To play across all formats is important to me and playing in English conditions will be a good challenge. I can’t wait to get over and make an impact.”

“Travis is a great signing for us,” added Gillespie.

“He has had a terrific season in Australia and is eager to develop his skills in England.

“The fact that he can adapt to all formats is beneficial to us. He will add something different to the squad with his aggressive batting style and his ability with the ball as a genuine spinner.

“He has a lot of maturity for a young man and his cricket intelligence is improving with every match. He will fit in nicely to our system.”

Source: ECB

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