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Yorkshire sign West Indies pace bowler Tino Best

Tino Best
Best featured for Yorkshire against Lancashire in Barbados

Yorkshire have signed West Indies pace bowler Tino Best until the end of May after a successful trial for the club.

The Tykes need an overseas player as Ryan Harris is likely to remain with the Australia side, and New Zealander Daryl Tuffey has a broken hand.

Best impressed on the tour of Barbados and the paperwork has been completed for the 28-year-old to join the county.

"I'm sure he will be a real asset to the Yorkshire side," said Yorshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

"Tino was in good form on our recent Caribbean trip after he contacted us to ask whether he could net with the squad in Barbados .

"He fitted in really well, bowled with pace and in good areas in the match he played for us over there and his bubbly personality will be an asset in the dressing room.

"I'm looking forward to seeing his bowling cause problems for our opponents."

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Best is booked on a flight to the United Kingdom this weekend but whether he arrives in time to join the squad for their trip to Kent for the County Championship match between 21 and 24 April will depend on the early resumption of international flights after the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Best has claimed 28 Test and 13 one-day international wickets, alongside 221 first-class wickets at just 26.98 runs apiece with a career best of 7-33.

He played his most recent Test for West Indies in July last year and last featured in an ODI last September.

Yorkshire had to continue their search for an overseas player as first choice Harris seemed to have extended his stay with Australia after showing some fine international form.

Tuffey was then all set to arrive at Headingley but will now miss six weeks of the season after breaking his hand in the first Test against Australia.

Moxon admitted it had been a frustrating time.

"Obviously with Harris it is good that he's doing well, so you can't begrudge him that," he continued.

"But Tuffey is a big blow because it's happened so close to the start of the season.

"But that's the way it is these days with international cricket as it is. Injuries happen so we've got to deal with it and make the best of the job."



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