Yorkshire sign Jake Lehmann as Championship cover

Darren Lehmann - father of Yorkshire's new signing Jake
Darren Lehmann - father of Yorkshire's new signing Jake
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Yorkshire have signed Jake Lehmann, the son of Australia coach and ex-Yorkshire batsman Darren, as cover following Travis Head's One-Day International call-up.

Head was added to Australia's squad to tour Sri Lanka and has already left the club, while Lehmann will be available for the remainder of Yorkshire's County Championship campaign.

The first of reigning champions Yorkshire's final six games of the season get underway this Saturday against Lancashire and Lehmann should be available as he is due to leave Adelaide - where he has been on duty for Australia 'A' - on Wednesday.

"Getting a player of quality is always difficult at this stage of the season, but we’re delighted to secure the services of Jake," Yorkshire head coach Jason Gillespie, who has worked with Lehmann at the Adelaide Strikers, said.

"Things happened pretty quickly, triggered by Travis being called into the Australia squad and hopefully he goes on to get a game.

"Cricket Australia were fantastic to deal with and coordinating with South Australia went fantastically well and we were able to arrange for Jake to come over," he added.

"He’s a great kid, gives the ball a whack and has shown good nous and awareness. Having worked with him at the Strikers he’ll fit in to the changing room too, as all our players do.

"I just hope that he has a good time with us, enjoys himself and contributes to some good wins for Yorkshire."

Lehmann's father played for Yorkshire between 1997 and 2006 and is regarded as one of the finest overseas professionals to have donned the White Rose.

Lehmann junior has to date played 11 first-class matches, scoring 780 runs at an average of 41.05 with three centuries and two half-centuries.

He has a career best of 205, scored for South Australia against Tasmania in November 2015.

Eligible for County Championship action only with Yorkshire, he will wear shirt number 33.

Chasing a hat-trick of titles, Yorkshire are third in the table, 14 points behind leaders Middlesex but with a game in hand.

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