AARON Finch has admitted he is keen on a return to Yorkshire – and if it is as early as next season, he is confident that he will be part of an LV= County Championship title-defending team.
The Australian overseas batsman left Headingley last weekend after a successful two-month stay with the county to join a national training camp, which started yesterday.
He hit two blistering 80s in the NatWest T20 Blast, although he could not help them qualify for the quarter-finals.
But his biggest impression was made as a replacement for New Zealander Kane Williamson in the Championship. He scored 291 runs from five matches at an average of 48.50, including one hundred and one fifty.
He batted for the majority of time at number six in the order, and his average with Yorkshire was almost 20 runs better than his career first-class average of 29.16.
"It was amazing, the whole club, the backroom staff, the players, the supporters, they were all unbelievable. I loved every minute of it," said Finch.
"I would love to come back but I guess we'll just have to see what happens over the next few months. Even if it's not next year, I'd love to come back any chance I get.
"The guys have played brilliantly in the two months I've been a part of and hopefully they can complete the job.
"We're in an unbelievable position in the Championship. With four games to go and top of the table, the way we've been playing is outstanding. We've been driving and controlling games and it's been a little bit disappointing that a couple of those games have ended up being a draw. That's cricket, though."
One way or another, as long as he is not injured, Finch will be back in England next summer.
Australia have a full Ashes tour, including five one-day and one Twenty20 international.
However, a good summer with Victoria in the four-day Sheffield Shield competition during the next six months could even see him make a late bid for Australia's Ashes Test squad.
"That's still a long time away. There's a couple of ODI series and a World Cup before that," he added. "We'll see what happens.
"My form has been poor over the last couple of years in the red ball stuff, so it's really pleasing that I got the opportunity to play a bit more with Yorkshire and satisfying that I contributed."