Kane Williamson relishing Aaron Finch link-up

Kane Williamson relishing Aaron Finch link-up

Kane Williamson relishing Aaron Finch link-up

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IF anyone knows just how dangerous Aaron Finch can be, it is his future Yorkshire team-mate Kane Williamson.

Finch has arrived at Headingley to replace Williamson as the White Rose county’s overseas player due to the New Zealander’s impending international commitments against the West Indies.

The Australian will debut in both the NatWest T20 Blast and the LV= County Championship this weekend, by which time Williamson will be preparing for a Test and Twenty20 series in the Caribbean.

Williamson is due to return to Yorkshire on July 7, and he should play in four Twenty20 matches alongside Finch.

For the likeable 23-year-old Kiwi, it is certainly better than playing against him.

“There are a few games we will play together, which will be great,” said Williamson. “I played against him in a (Twenty20 World Cup) warm-up game, and he smashed me everywhere, so I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

Finch hit 47 off 22 balls for the Aussies in that match in Bangladesh in March, and Williamson’s off-spin was smashed for 24 runs in one over.

In all, Williamson will miss five Championship matches and eight Twenty20 clashes for Yorkshire.

He has scored 303 runs from six Championship matches so far this season, including three half-centuries with a top-score of 97 in the draw against Durham at the start of this month.

“It’s been steady,” said Williamson, who has yet to score a century in a Yorkshire shirt having initially joined last August for the latter stages of the 2013 campaign.

“I’ve contributed at times, but you always want more. The team is growing each game, which is the main thing, but we’re yet to perhaps put that full performance together.

“Hopefully I’ll get a few or bigger than just a hundred. You want to score as many as you can, that’s what I try and do every time I go out.

“It’s not preying on my mind. I want to contribute as many as I can. Whether you get out before 100 or before 200, it doesn’t matter when you get out – you always want more. It would be nice to get some big scores, but hopefully we can do that soon.”

Williamson leaves Yorkshire in the top three of the Championship. His next outing in that competition is likely to be against current Division One leaders Middlesex at Scarborough on July 19.

“It is very tight, but there’s still a lot of cricket to go,” he added of a potential title chase.

“It’s one you don’t want to really look at until the business end, which is probably two or three games to go. You don’t want it to change your cricket or style of play and look to win each game.

“Although we’re third, it’s not a bad place to be from our perspective.”

New Zealand play three Test matches and two Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies. The first Test is at Jamaica, starting a week on Sunday.

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