Yorkshire have signed up Dawid Malan on a four-year contract, it was announced by the club on Monday.
This has ended Malan’s long term association with Middlesex. The left-handed batsman was due to play for Middlesex until 2021 but opted to leave two years early.
Malan had earlier stepped down from captaincy after Middlesex’s disappointing run in the County Championship as they finished at eighth position in second division.
He will join his new county side at the end of this month when they prepare for the upcoming season with first XI coach Andrew Gale and his staff.
“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,” said Andrew Gale as quoted by Yorkshire CCC.
“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.”
Malan has so far accumulated 11,229 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 37.43. He can add some firepower in white-ball cricket for his new county as highlighted by Gale.
“He is an excellent white ball cricketer,” Gale continued. “He had a good T20 campaign for Middlesex last year. When he gets in, he is very explosive. We have seen him at the top of the order recently for England.”
Speaking on ending his 13-year association with Middlesex, 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.”