Big Billy Stanlake to become a Viking

Australian paceman Billy Stanlake has signed a deal with the Yorkshire Vikings for this summer’s Vitality Blast.

The Adelaide Strikers quick is set to play a minimum of 12 matches for the Vikings, joining Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson in making up the Club’s quota of overseas players for the 2018 competition.

Stanlake could miss the opening two matches of the Blast if selected by Australia for their winter tour of Zimbabwe.

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Yorkshire Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon is delighted to have secured his services telling “We’re delighted to have Billy on board.

“He’s someone I noticed when I went out to see Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) in the Big Bash. He’s a tall, fast-bowler with pace and is a wicket-taking option for us. Obviously since then he has progressed to being a full international T20 cricketer so we’re really excited about him joining up with us.

“The pace and bounce he gets really stood out for me and he’s a genuine wicket-taker which is just as important as keeping the runs down in one-day cricket.

“He’s something different for us and particularly with David Willey and Liam Plunkett not available for the first period of T20, assuming they’re playing for England, he’s a nice fit for us.”

With Cheteshwar Pujara, Williamson and now Stanlake all in place for 2018, Moxon added: “My fingers and toes are crossed that nothing spoils the recruitment we’ve done this winter, but we certainly look in a good place at the moment.”