Josh Poysden, a Sussex-born leg-spinner who has arrived at Emerald Headingley via Warwickshire, signed a three-year contract with the county towards the end of the 2018 season.
He initially signed on loan and played three Championship matches, taking seven wickets.
Poysden, 27-years-old, then took three cheap wickets in two matches at the post season Abu Dhabi T20 competition and was arguably Yorkshire’s most impressive player on display.
He has been described by the county’s coaching staff as a bowler with immense potential but not the finished article.
Since making his First-Class debut for Cambridge MCC University against an Essex side including Alastair Cook in 2011, Poysden has only played 14 First-Class, 24 List A and 26 T20 appearances to date, although he has graduated through to the England Lions set-up as recently as early last year.
He readily accepts his limited overs game is more developed than his First-Class game.
Poysden, who has a particularly energetic action, takes up Azeem Rafiq’s place in the squad and was signed amidst the uncertainty surrounding Adil Rashid’s future as an all formats player for Yorkshire.
He debuted in a Roses Championship win over Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford in late July.
Poysden started life as a league cricketer behind the stumps, but he was inspired to take up leg-spin having watched Pakistan great Mushtaq Ahmed in his pomp at Sussex.
Poysden played Academy and second-team cricket at Hove, but his chances were limited with Will Beer on the staff, a trend which would continue having moved to Edgbaston with Bears legend Jeetan Patel the first choice spin option.
Having left Sussex, he impressed for the Unicorns team, catching the attention of the Bears, who offered him a trial in 2014 and then a contract for 2015. He had also played second-team cricket for Hampshire.
He sub-fielded for England in the 2015 home Ashes series and has been a regular in Sydney during the winters playing grade cricket, owed much to the fact he has an Australian partner.
Whilst Down Under, Poysden has worked closely with former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill.
In the build-up to the 2015 one-day World Cup, he dismissed Michael Clarke whilst playing for the Gordon club. Clarke was playing grade cricket in a bid to prove his fitness for the competition following injury.
Gordon was the club Mason Crane represented prior to his Ashes call-up in 2017/18, while another leggie, Lancashire’s Matthew Parkinson, has played for them in recent years.
Poysden and Parkinson are close friends.
Poysden has taken two Championship five-wicket hauls, both for Warwickshire in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The most recent one came in June as Warwickshire beat Glamorgan by four wickets at Edgbaston. He took 5-29 from 13.2 overs in the first innings, but it was his only Championship appearance of the season for the Midlands county.
In early 2017, he played alongside current Yorkshire team-mates Tim Bresnan and Jack Leaning in the ECB’s North v South series in the UAE, which the South won.
NameJoshua Edward Poysden
Born8th August, 1991
RoleLeg break, left-hand bat
County Debut22nd July, 2018
First ClassCambridge MCCU v Essex at Cambridge, Apr 2-4, 2011