New signing Aaron Finch has hailed a fantastic opportunity after arriving at Headingley ahead of his much anticipated move to the White Rose.
The Australian batsman has revealed that he is excited to join Yorkshire due to the influence of legend Darren Lehmann, and said: “I have been looking forward to it for quite a while. It is a fantastic opportunity.
“When you’ve got someone like Boof (Lehmann) and Dizzy, who are very close mates, I think that helps a little bit in getting the process in motion. I’m excited to be here.
“He reminds everyone constantly he’s a Yorkshire legend. He’s just so passionate about this county, it’s just a fantastic place to play.”
Finch, a world-renowned Twenty20 specialist will play in his first game on Friday in the eagerly anticipated T20 Blast game against Derbyshire.
But it is the lure of playing the longer version of the game that really attracted the Victorian to Headingley.
He said: “I had interest from other sides but that didn’t interest me, I don’t feel like I need to prove anything in T20s.
“Over the past few years my four day form has been pretty poor but my t20 form has not been too bad so I think for me personally this will be a good opportunity to play a handful of four-day matches, experience county cricket and experience English conditions which is going to be so crucial.
“Obviously (I know) the guys I’ve played against with England and I was here yesterday and met all the guys.
“They are a quality bunch of blokes. There is a lot of banter thrown around already, which is nice.”
Finch is hoping that he can replicate the achievements of his Australia and Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate David Warner, who has managed to transfer his destructive style of batting into the longer form of the game.
Finch added: “People like David and Sehwag have shown that if you get going you can take the game away from the opposition in one session.
“At times I’ve been caught between trying to play my natural game as an attacking player or go the other way and be ultra-defensive and try and grind out an innings. There were small technique changes that I think I had to make that I’ve been working on and it’s just a case of trying to nail them down.
“If I perform well hopefully down the track, if a Test spot comes up for grabs, then I’m in the right place at the right time and in good form. I think this can only help that.
“I want to play Test cricket and that’s my number one goal.”
With Kane Williamson due to travel to the Caribbean to join up with his New Zealand teammates, Finch will be available for Friday’s game and will also be available as Yorkshire start their next Championship game the next day against Northamptonshire.