Yorkshire County Cricket Club have announced the signing of Australian duo Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell for the 2015 season, acquisitions that show Yorkshire’s intent in all formats of the game this year.
Both players will join up with the squad after they have fulfilled their Indian Premier League obligations, which is expected to be during May.
They are currently playing international cricket for Australia in the tri-series tournament against England and India before they both form part of a formidable Australian World Cup squad in February and March hoping to become World champions on home soil.
The two marquee signings are no strangers to English cricket. Finch played for Yorkshire last season in all formats of the game and was very impressive, whilst Maxwell has played in England during the past three seasons when he represented Hampshire in 2012 and 2014 and Surrey in 2013.
Added to that they both have huge experience on the international stage that can only benefit Yorkshire and the players around them and will no doubt entertain various crowds around the country.
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Both players stressed their eagerness to get started.
“I’m pumped and can’t wait to play for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast competition,” Maxwell told Yorkshire's official website.
“Yorkshire are one of biggest clubs in the world and to get the chance to play for them is an honour. I had two great spells with Hampshire and loved every minute. Heading to Yorkshire gives me a new challenge that I will relish.”
Finch keen to re-join team
Aaron Finch was equally keen to re-join the Yorkshire team.
“Yorkshire is a great club, one of the best around and the way they play the game is very positive," he added. "To have made a contribution to their success of winning the title was really good. I relished the challenge of playing the County Championship against the moving red ball. It has certainly enhanced my game.”
Finch will be available for all formats of the game whilst Maxwell will form part of the NatWest T20 Blast Yorkshire Vikings squad.
Gillespie pleased with signings
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie was quite rightly very happy with his two new acquisitions when he spoke to Yorkshire’s own website.
“As a club we’re absolutely thrilled to bits to be able to secure the services of two very exciting players in world cricket,” said Gillespie. “Aaron (Finch) has been at the Club before and for Glenn (Maxwell) this will be his first experience at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
“I spoke to Glenn a little while ago and just enquired as to whether he would be interested in representing Yorkshire and outlined how we saw how well he could fit into the dressing room and the role we wanted him to play. He jumped at the opportunity, I think that says a lot about our Club, that players really want to come and play for us.”
The pair will add to an already formidable Yorkshire squad who are not only looking to defend their County Championship title but they are also hopeful of competing for the one-day trophies on offer as well. With the likes of Finch and Maxwell in their squad they will surely be a force this season.
These are great times for Yorkshire. They are current County Champions, have a number of players representing England in various squads over the winter, have new floodlights installed for this season, and opening batsmen Adam Lyth has penned a new three-year deal with the Headingley side.
It is a fantastic time to be a Yorkshire County Cricket Club supporter.