Yorkshire sign Williamson for third season


Yorkshire have secured the prized signing of New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson for yet another stint, his third at the club, and he'll play for them in all formats in June and July.

Williamson, one of the world's premier batsmen, especially in the longest format, joins fellow top five-ranked batsman Joe Root at the club. This will be a formidable challenge for any county bowling unit.

Williamson will be at the club from 9 June to 18 July. The Tykes will hope he can added to the eight centuries and 15 fifties he scored in 2015, at an overall average of more than 65.

Coach Jason Gillespie said on the club's website: "We are delighted to welcome Kane (Williamson) back to Headingley. He is a quality player and person.

"The opportunity to secure one of, if not, the best players in the world is one you have to take up.

"His value as a player is beyond question. His attitude, work ethic and leadership as an overseas player is brilliant.

"We can't wait to welcome Kane back to his second home at our great club."

The New Zealand batsman said of the deal: "I am very excited to be heading back to Yorkshire. I have certainly enjoyed my first two stints there and I am looking forward to joining the team for a third term this summer.

"To be fortunate to play for Yorkshire, a great set-up with a top bunch of people, can only help me improve and enhance my game. There is a professional structure in place that is at the heart of what they do.

"Having been there a couple of times it is enjoyable being part of a successful team that are hungry for ongoing success.

"It is an environment where you are encouraged to improve and the support you get from the Yorkshire followers is the best in the domestic game in England. It is a special place."