English club Yorkshire tie up Australians Finch and Maxwell for the 2015 season
Updated - Jan 28, 2015 9:31 am
English club Yorkshire tie up Australians Finch and Maxwell for the 2015 season: The Legendary English County club Yorkshire which has its base at Headingly has signed two big Australian names opener Aaron Finch and T20 specialist the big man Glenn Maxwell in their team for the 2015 season.
This will be the second stint for Finch at the club while Maxwell will make his first appearance for the white rose team as he earlier played for Hampshire in English county. Yorkshire has a long history of signing big foreign names which started as the club was successful in roping in former Indian batting Master Sachin Tendulkar in the 90’s and has been a tradition since then.
Former Australian speedster Jason Gillespie who is the coach of the team was elated at both of them grabbing this opportunity to play for the club which is proud of its rich cricketing history, he said, “As a club we’re absolutely thrilled to bits to be able to secure the services of two very exciting players in world cricket. “Aaron has been at the club before and for Glenn this will be his first experience at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”
On signing Maxwell and who did he make things work out the former Aussie pacer said, “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.”
Finch when contacted for comments on him carrying on with the club for the second season said, “It is great to be heading back to Yorkshire. I enjoyed my time with the club last year and made some lifelong friendships, “Yorkshire is a great club, one of the best around and the way they play the game is very positive. 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, added the Australian opener about the challenge and impact county cricket overall has.
“This year the club will be aiming to win the title again and having spoken to Frog (Martyn Moxon) and Dizzy (Gillespie) there is a major emphasis on doing well in the T20 competition.
“There were signs last year that when we get it right we are a difficult side to beat. With more application and an improvement in how we approach the game, we can make a concerted effort in challenging for honors.”
Australian team mate Glenn Maxwell who will also play alongside him this year on his addition Finch said, “Having Maxi (Maxwell) playing alongside me will be terrific. He is a true competitor and loves the shorter form of the game. He is motivated to be playing his cricket at Headingley and making a difference to the passionate Yorkshire supporters.”
Maxwell who is regarded as one of the most destructive T20 batsman and is an able all-rounder on the occasion described his excitement to represent Yorkshire saying, “I’m pumped and can’t wait to play for Yorkshire in the T20 Blast competition, “Yorkshire are one of biggest clubs in the world and to get the chance to play for them is an honor. I had two great spells with Hampshire and loved every minute. Heading to Yorkshire gives me a new challenge that I will relish.”
“Under Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) they are doing really well and to lift the title last year was a fantastic achievement. They haven’t had much luck in the T20 tournament during the last couple of years, but with me and Finchy coming in we hope we can change that and help the club reach their potential like they did in 2012, when they reached finals day.”
Statements and comments as detailed on the ecb.co.uk