Yorkshire County Cricket Club have today announced that New Zealand international Kane Williamson will return to the club for a third term.
With England’s Joe Root also in their side, Yorkshire can now boast having two of the top three batsman in the world.
In the past 12 months, 25-year-old Williamson has shown exceptional quality for the Black Caps. He has made a record 2633 runs across all three formats, at an average of 65.82.
Having made his debut for his country in 2010, Williamson has since become a central member of the team. He is currently captaining the one-day side against Pakistan and will lead his national side once again in the ICC World T20 in March.
Yorkshire Coach Jason Gillespie said: “We are delighted to welcome Kane back to Headingley. He is a quality player and person.
“The opportunity to secure one of, if not, the best players in the world is one you have to take up. His value as a player is beyond question. His attitude, work ethic and leadership as an overseas player is brilliant.”
Wiliamson is the product of a large sporting family from Tauranga, in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. His talent for the game showed at an early age and he has since matured into a skillful, if orthodox, top order batter who can score quickly and is capable of dealing with both spin and pace bowling.
“I am very excited to be heading back to Yorkshire,” Williamson said, “I have certainly enjoyed my first two stints there and I am looking forward to joining the team for a third term this summer. To be fortunate to play for Yorkshire, a great set-up with a top bunch of people, can only help me improve and enhance my game.
Williamson will return to Headingley in early June and will be available to play in all formats until July 18. This will include three LVCC matches, three Royal London One-day cup matches and eight Natwest T20 blast games.