Billy Stanlake    Getty Images
Billy Stanlake Getty Images

Yorkshire have signed Australia s Billy Stanlake for the upcoming T20 Blast. He is Yorkshire s second overseas player for the competition after New Zealand s Kane Williamson. Stanlake was part of the champion side Adelaide Strikers in the recently concluded BBL 2017-18. He made debut for Australia last year and has played 2 ODIs, 6 T20Is thus far. In the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-Series, Stanlake ended with 8 wickets from 5 matches at 20.75.

However, Stanlake s drawback has been his run with injuries. He has had three stress fractures of the back in the past. He has played only two First-Class matches for Queensland off which the last one was played in 2015. However, he was in thick of action during BBL and in the Trans-Tasman Series. Stanlake hopes to continue the momentum for Yorkshire as well.

Yorkshire s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon, also was delighted to have Stanlake in the club.

Moxon welcomes Billy: We’re delighted to have Billy on board. He’s someone I noticed when I went out to see Dizzy (Jason Gillespie) in the Big Bash. He’s a tall, fast-bowler with pace and is a wicket-taking option for us. Obviously since then he has progressed to being a full international T20 cricketer so we’re really excited about him joining up with us. He’s something different for us and particularly with David Willey and Liam Plunkett not available for the first period of T20, assuming they’re playing for England, he’s a nice fit for us.

Stanlake on joining Yorkshire: I’m really excited about heading over to England and representing Yorkshire Vikings in the domestic T20 competition. It’ll be a great experience and hopefully an exciting few weeks. It’s a huge club with great history and tradition and I’ve only heard positive things from the guys who have been there in the past. For me it’s about building pressure and taking wickets, and hopefully that will go some way towards contributing to success for the team. I’m really enjoying my cricket at the moment, the body feels in a good place too and hopefully I enjoy a productive spell with the Vikings in July, Stanlake told Yorkshireccc.com

Yorkshire had also signed India s Cheteshwar Pujara for parts of County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup recently.