Yorkshire’s number two wicketkeeper, Halifax-born Birkhead is also very capable with the bat; dynamic and versatile.
Birkhead, 20, has been rewarded for a string of impressive Academy and second-team performances, with Andrew Gale and Martyn Moxon opting not to look elsewhere for a more senior gloveman to pressure Jonny Tattersall following Andrew Hodd’s retirement at the end of 2018.
He scored a second-team century against Somerset at Taunton in late August last year whilst opening the batting with New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval, a short-term overseas signing for the county.
He has also batted down the order since debuting for the seconds in 2016. He debuted for the Academy the previous summer.
Birkhead has played league cricket for Rastrick in the Huddersfield League and has represented Yorkshire at under 14s, 15s and 19s level.
He scored 1,099 runs and claim 58 dismissals behind the stumps in all cricket for the Academy and second team in 2018.