West Indies Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite will make his English County Cricket debut later this month after signing for a two-match stint with Yorkshire.
The opening batsman will be available for Yorkshire’s final home match of the season against Warwickshire at Headingley, where he scored 134 for 95 in West Indies’ victory over England in the second Test, which ended on August 29.
He will then play the last County Championship match of the campaign against Essex at Chelmsford.
Brathwaite will replace Shaun Marsh who is returning to Australia for the start of the domestic season. He was on the brink of becoming the first player to score twin centuries in a first-class match at Headingley before falling to Moeen Ali on the final day, an honour that instead went the way of team-mate Shai Hope.
“It’s a bit of a surprise,” he told the Yorkshire website. “Initially, coming to England I knew there would be a lot of opportunities and one of my goals was to score as many runs as possible. I wanted to lead the West Indies batting from the top and earn a chance to play some county cricket.
“Before the second Test I was speaking to my agent and he was telling me that he was talking to Yorkshire’s coaching staff. After the game he came back to me telling me he was getting some quality feedback. They really wanted me and I was very happy because Yorkshire is a very big club in England and I’m very happy and proud to have been selected by them.”
He will be available for Yorkshire after the final Test against England at Lord’s, starting on Thursday.
Brathwaite has an average of 37.44 in 39 Tests since making his debut against Pakistan in 2011.