Yorkshire have completed their overseas recruitment drive for 2016 with the signing of highly rated Australian top order batsman Travis Head.
The 22-year-old hard-hitting left-hander, who will play all formats for Yorkshire, will join the White Rose County on July 18 once Kane Williamson returns to international duty with New Zealand.
“I can’t wait to get over to England and play for Yorkshire, the best side in the English game,” said Head, who currently captains South Australia Redbacks in the Sheffield Shield. “To work alongside Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) is also an added attraction. He was brilliant for the Strikers and I have heard so many positive things about what he is doing with the team at Yorkshire.
“To play across all formats is important to me and playing in English conditions will be a good challenge. I can’t wait to get over and make an impact.”
Head, who starred in the Australian T20 squad last month, came to prominence in the 2015-16 Australian Big Bash League under the guidance of Yorkshire First Team Coach Jason Gillespie at the Adelaide Strikers. He showed his qualities with the bat accumulating 299 runs from nine innings with an average of 42.71.
His highlight of the Australian summer came on New Year’s Eve when he smashed 101 not out for the Strikers against the Sydney Sixers at the Adelaide Oval. With the Strikers requiring 51 off the last three overs, Head scored every one of those runs himself, including a six to reach his century.
“Travis is a great signing for us,” added Gillespie. “He has had a terrific season in Australia and is eager to develop his skills in England.
“The fact that he can adapt to all formats is beneficial to us. He will add something different to the squad with his aggressive batting style and his ability with the ball as a genuine spinner.
“He has a lot of maturity for a young man and his cricket intelligence is improving with every match. He will fit in nicely to our system.”
Head will continue his development with a spell in the Indian Premier League in April after he signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He will play alongside Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and former Yorkshire seamer Mitchell Starc.
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