Yorkshire strengthen batting line-up with signing of England international Malan

England batsman Dawid Malan has joined Yorkshire from Middlesex on a four-year deal.

The 32-year-old’s future had been the subject of speculation since he stepped down as Middlesex captain at the end of last season.

Malan, who is currently with the England T20 squad in New Zealand, has scored 11,229 first-class runs, including 724 runs in 15 Tests.

He made his Middlesex debut in 2006 and had been contracted at Lord’s for another two seasons, but the counties have come to an agreement.

Malan said: “I have had 13 happy and successful seasons with Middlesex, and I will always be grateful to the staff, players and supporters for their encouragement over the years.

“However, this feels like the right time to embrace a new challenge and I am excited by the prospect of joining Yorkshire, one of the great county clubs in English cricket.

“I am looking forward to moving to Leeds, and starting a new chapter of my career.”

Malan is due to join up with his new team-mates to begin preparations for 2020 at the end of the month.

Malan has played 15 Tests for England
Malan has played 15 Tests for England (Nick Potts/PA)

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “It is a fantastic signing for us. As soon as we realised that Dawid had the potential to leave Middlesex, he was a player that we always wanted to speak to. He fits the mould of what we are looking for.

“It is fair to say that we have lacked consistency with the bat for a number of years. We have looked at bringing people in for a while, but it had to fit the right mould for us.

“We needed somebody with experience and Dawid has got Test experience. Not so long ago, we were watching him score runs for England in the Ashes.

“Hopefully, with his experience, it will give us a bit more consistency with the bat.”

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