West Indies opener joins Yorkshire

BRATHWAITE: Headingley Test centurion signed for the rest of the season. Photo credit: Twitter

FOLLOWING his success in the current series against England, West Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been signed up by Yorkshire for the final two games of the 2017 County Championship season.

Brathwaite, 24, scored a century at Yorkshire’s home ground of Headingley in the second Test Match at the end of August and will replace the Australian Shaun Marsh in the squad.

Yorkshire’s head coach Andrew Gale said: “Kraigg played exceptionally well here and if you can get runs at Headingley then you can do it anywhere.

“We wanted to replace Shaun with experience and that is tricky at this time of year because there are not too many people playing consistent cricket and are in form. We’re excited to have Kraigg on board.”

Brathwaite himself is more than delighted to be picked up by the Tykes.  “Before the second Test I was speaking to my agent and he was telling me he was talking to Yorkshire’s coaching staff. After the game he came back to me telling me he was getting some quality feedback.  They really wanted me and I was very happy because Yorkshire is a very big club in England and I’m very happy and proud to have been selected by them.”

He is expected to play against Warwickshire and Essex once his opening duties with the West Indies finish with the Third Test Match that began at Lord’s yesterday (Thursday).

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