Dawid Malan will join county side Yorkshire on a year-deal. The England batsman, who had played for Middlesex since 2006, will leave his team two years early having signed a contract earlier to stay until 2021.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale had hinted about the need to bring an experienced player on board to strengthen their options. “As soon as we realised that Dawid had the potential to leave Middlesex, he was a player that we always wanted to speak to,” Gale said.

“He fits the mould of what we are looking for. It is fair to say that we have lacked consistency with the bat for a number of years. We have looked at bringing people in for a while, but it had to fit the right mould for us.

“We needed somebody with experience and Dawid has got Test experience. Not so long ago, we were watching him score runs for England in the Ashes.”

Malan has scored 11,229 runs in first-class cricket which includes 25 centuries at an average of 37.43. He has also played 15 Tests for England with his only century coming in the Ashes in Australia in December 2017. He is one of seven players who managed to cross the 1000-run barrier in county cricket in 2019.

“Dawid’s a three-format player, so he is a perfect signing for us in this time of our development,” Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said.

“We are rebuilding our team and he is going to be a massive part of this going forward. Dawid is obviously keen to rekindle his England Test career as well as his white ball career. He also has huge ambitions to come here and win trophies. We have a highly motivated player coming to us and one with great talent.”

Malan, a left-handed batsman will join his new county after returning from New Zealand where he is currently part of the T20 squad.

“I have had 13 happy and successful seasons with Middlesex, and I will always be grateful to the staff, players and supporters for their encouragement over the years,” Malan said.

“However, this feels like the right time to embrace a new challenge and I am excited by the prospect of joining Yorkshire, one of the great county clubs in English cricket.”