Hard-hitting Australian batsman Aaron Finch has signed to play for Yorkshire as an overseas player for the majority of the 2014 county season.
The 27-year-old will join up with Yorkshire following his Indian Premier League commitments with Sunrisers Hyderabad and will be available for Twenty20, one-day and first-class cricket.
He has made his name in the shorter formats of the game, cracking 156 against England in a Twenty20 International in Southampton last year and also scoring two ODI centuries against the same opponents earlier this year.
He leads the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC Big Bash and is currently officially rated in the top three T20 batsmen in the world.
"It is a great honour to be joining Yorkshire County Cricket Club this summer," Finch said.
"This is one of the biggest cricket clubs in the world with a history and tradition second to none. I’ve heard so much about the place and can’t wait to join up with Jason Gillespie and the rest of the squad in May.
"When I heard Yorkshire was interested in signing me, I had no hesitation in signing. I had a good chat with Darren Lehmann (Australian Coach and former Yorkshire player) and he recommended that I joined the club. He can’t speak highly enough of the place and Yorkshire’s loyal supporters.
"I hope to play in all formats whilst I’m at the Club and even though the T20 season will be very exciting, I’m looking forward to testing myself in red ball cricket too
"It is important for my cricket development to play in English conditions and to help Yorkshire be a force in all forms of the game will be a good challenge for me.
"I have some experience of the area having had a year playing for Clifton Alliance in the York Senior League a few years ago. I’m looking forward to meeting up with some old friends. I can’t wait to get started."
Yorkshire's Martyn Moxon said: "Aaron is one of the finest attacking batsmen in the game today and it's a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He's been instrumental in Australia’s recent success, with some notable runs in the recent One-Day series against England, including winning the Man of the Series and top-scoring with a 121 in Melbourne.
"There are not many players in the world that can fill stadiums, but we believe that Aaron is certainly one those box office stars. The Yorkshire public are in for a treat.
"This signing shows our intent this year. We want to be amongst the best teams in One-Day cricket and to have the services of one of the best batsmen in the world is a very exciting proposition for the Club.
"I have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of Yorkshire. I know our supporters will be delighted that we have secured the services of a world-class competitor and I know they will be eager to see him in our colours once he arrives in May.
"To have two world-class performers available in Aaron and New Zealand international Kane Williamson, alongside our high-performing local players, should be a mouth-watering prospect once the NatWest T20 Blast season gets underway in May."
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