Steve Harmison joins Yorkshire on loan

The 33-year-old fast bowler Steve Harmison has spent much of this season in Durham’s 2nd XI © AFP


Chester-Le-Street: Jul 7, 2012


Former England fast bowler Stephen Harmison has joined Yorkshire on a month-long loan, his parent county announced on Saturday.


The 33-year-old has spent much of this season in Durham’s 2nd XI while Yorkshire are short of seamers with former England left-armer Ryan Sidebottom injured and Mitchell Starc due to join Australia A for their tour of England later this month.


Yorkshire have also lost Ajmal Shahzad, on loan to arch-rivals Lancashire after falling out with his native county.


Harmison, a veteran of 63 Tests and 58 one-day internationals, said: “It’s been a frustrating first half of the season and I don’t want to be playing second team cricket.


“I’m pleased that I can be helpful to Yorkshire at this point, when they are struggling with their senior bowlers, and I’m looking forward to our first game on Wednesday.”


Yorkshire head coach Martyn Moxon said: “We’re pleased that Durham CCC and Stephen have agreed to the loan, providing us with cover for the likely absences caused by Ryan Sidebottom’s calf injury and unavailability of Mitchell Starc.


“He still has a great presence on the field and we look forward to welcoming him into the Yorkshire dressing room,” the former England batsman added. (AFP)