He got an England opener twice on debut and is hungry for more

Dom Leech is a tall new ball seamer who bowls with good pace, as Haseeb Hameed knows all too well. He made his Yorkshire first-team debut in the shortened 2020 summer, playing two Bob Willis Trophy games and taking four wickets.

Now aged 23, his maiden appearance came in an away victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge that August, removing Hameed in both innings.

Middlesbrough-born Leech is a bowler who bears significant resemblance to South African great Dale Steyn in terms of his approach to the crease and his action.

He played two ODIs for England Under 19s, both against Bangladesh – one away in late January 2019 and another at home in the summer that followed.

The Normanby Hall product represented Yorkshire age-groups from Under 14s and came through the Academy.

In 2021, he claimed seven wickets in a second-team Championship win at Essex in early May, including a first-innings five-for.

It helped earn him a place in the first-team for the drawn Championship Roses clash at Headingley in mid-July. But it was a game which ended on a sour note given he dislocated his knee in a fielding accident.

He made a Vitality Blast debut in a win over Birmingham at Edgbaston in mid-2022, sandwiched in between frustrating rib and foot injuries ruining the majority of his summer. In 2023, he played one Championship game on loan for Northamptonshire and returned to Yorkshire to play in the Metro Bank One-Day Cup, claiming five wickets in as many matches.

His standout performance came in the thrilling one-wicket win over Surrey at York when he claimed two new ball wickets and hit an unbeaten 18 not out from number 11, including the winning runs, as the Vikings chased 242.

UPDATED: Feb 2024.

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