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West Indian Test fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has joined Yorkshire on a short-term deal in order to give the bowling attack a bit of extra oomph during their seaside swing.
With two games at fast and bouncy Scarborough in the LV= Insurance County Championship through July, Darren Gough and Ottis Gibson have moved quickly to recruit a Trinidadian with almost 200 international wickets to his name.
Injuries and unavailability have hurt Yorkshire in the bowling department this year, hence Gabriel’s arrival for a crucial stage in the Division One campaign.
The 34-year-old has taken 161 wickets in 56 Tests since debuting against England at Lord’s in 2012 and has an innings best of 8-62 to his name against Sri Lanka at Gros Islet in 2018.
Gabriel has taken a further handful of five-wicket hauls, including one against England at the Ageas Bowl in 2020.
In that game, he took four wickets in the first innings and five in the second, bowling new team-mate Dom Bess on the way to a victory.
This will be Gabriel’s third spell in county cricket having previously played for Worcestershire (2015) and then for Gloucestershire four years later.
Each spell has been similarly short. He played two Championship matches for Worcester and then three for Gloucester, claiming 11 wickets with a best of 5-31.
He arrives in Yorkshire, with 318 first-class wickets to his name, to play Scarborough fixtures against league leading duo Surrey and Hampshire either side of a trip to face Somerset at Taunton.
Gabriel will become Yorkshire’s fourth overseas player to feature in this season’s Championship and the second West Indian after Dominic Drakes played at Hampshire last month.