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Yorkshire new boy Kane Williamson arrives with glowing reference
Yorkshire have signed an overseas player who will be desperate to secure an LV= County Championship winner’s medal in New Zealand Test batsman Kane Williamson.
That is the view of the 23-year-old right-hander’s Northern Districts coach James Pamment, who was born in Yorkshire.
Williamson, who has played 25 Test matches since debuting in 2010, has been recruited by Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie for the last five Championship matches to bolster their batting order now that Gary Ballance is in the Lions squad.
He joins a county who are ten points clear at the top of Division One and are next in action against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Wednesday when he will debut.
Williamson has only recently returned to pre-season training with his state side following a break from the end of the Champions Trophy in England, which finished in mid-June.
Pamment is also confident that his player will have a decent grasp of what Yorkshire are all about, having struck up a friendship with White Rose duo Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root during the early summer Test and one-day international series between England and New Zealand.
“Kane will be very respectful of the situation the current team have worked hard to achieve,” he said.
“He’s a winner, and he will take great pride in helping Yorkshire strive to win the Championship over the final month or so.
"He will be aware of the history of Yorkshire. I know he’s got a good relationship with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow from the recent series they have played against each other.”
Despite posting successive ducks at the start of his one-day international career in 2010, he became only the eighth New Zealander to score a hundred on Test debut against India at Ahmedabad later in the year, a 299-ball 131. He has since scored two more tons.
“Kane’s been on a break from cricket since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy, and he’s been training back in New Zealand for approximately three weeks,” continued Pamment.
“He loves the game, he loves batting, he’s a student of the game. He will understand what is required, and he will be working very hard to score as many runs as he can.”
Williamson arrives in Leeds this weekend but Huddersfield-born Pamment admitted that he has not spoken to the player in depth about life in the White Rose county.
He added: “I haven’t talked to him about Yorkshire other than advising him to try and spend and hour with Geoffrey talking about batting!”