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Yorkshire Sign Kane Williamson

— 27 January 2016

Yorkshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Kane Williamson for a third term.

The New Zealand top-order batsman will be available from June 9 until July 18. During this period, he is set to play in all formats for the White Rose, which includes three County Championship matches, eight NatWest T20 Blast games and three Royal London One-Day Cup matches.

The 25-year-old classy right-hander has had an incredible 12 months on the world stage and alongside Yorkshire and England’s Joe Root, the Club can now boast of having two of the top three batsmen in the world.

Listen to why Kane is looking forward to being back at Headingley this summer.


Williamson’s exploits with the bat have been exceptional across all three formats. In all international matches for the Black Caps in 2015, he scored a record 2633 runs at an average of 65.82, which included eight hundreds and 13 fifties during the calendar year.

    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." - Kane Williamson

    First Team Coach Jason Gillespie said: “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.”

    “I am very excited to be heading back to Yorkshire,” added Williamson, who became the first New Zealand batsman to score more than 2000 runs in all international cricket in a calendar year.

    “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.”

    In 26 One-Day Internationals during 2015, Williamson scored 1317 runs at 57.26 with three centuries and eight half-centuries. In four Twenty20 International matches, he scored 144 runs at an average of 36.

    Hailing from New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region, Williamson captained New Zealand to a two-one T20 series win over Pakistan on home soil earlier this month. He is currently captaining the national side in the One-Day series against Pakistan and will lead the team at the ICC World Twenty20 in India starting in March.

    In 26 One-Day Internationals during 2015, Williamson scored 1317 runs at 57.26 with three centuries and eight half-centuries. In four Twenty20 International matches, he scored 144 runs at an average of 36.

    Hailing from New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region, Williamson captained New Zealand to a two-one T20 series win over Pakistan on home soil earlier this month. He is currently captaining the national side in the One-Day series against Pakistan and will lead the team at the ICC World Twenty20 in India starting in March.

    Don’t forget, Headingley Cricket Ground will host seven NatWest T20 Blast matches this summer. You will be able to watch the Yorkshire Vikings across seven home matches including the #GameofRoses match against Lancashire Lightning on Friday July 1 2016 (6.30pm start). To ensure you secure your seat for all this summer’s action, register now and receive priority booking before tickets go on general sale from February 1 2016.

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