Brathwaite signs on for stint at Yorkshire
WINDIES’ second Test centurion Kraigg Brathwaite will remain in England after the current match at Lord’s having signed a deal with Yorkshire.
Brathwaite, 24, above, made knocks of 134 and 95 in the clash at Headingley and will now join up with Yorkshire for the last two Championship games of the season. He will replace Australian Shaun Marsh for the White Rose.
The opening batsman is set to feature in matches against Warwickshire and Essex and he can’t wait for a taste of domestic cricket on these shores.
Brathwaite said: “It’s a bit of a surprise. Playing county cricket was always one of my goals and coming over here to play against England for the West Indies was going to get me one step closer, if I did well.
“Many of our past players have played in England and they always say it’s the place to develop a better technique and learn more about batting, predominantly because the ball does a lot throughout the day. Playing in England, playing county cricket will help me learn with every game, every day.
“It’s a new experience playing with a county side in England and so firstly I’m looking forward to making new friends. Obviously I’ll see how all the players go about their work and I’m hoping to lead the batting as the opener whilst given the opportunity. In any team all I’m looking to do is lay the foundations as the opener.”
Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale added: “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.”