Yorkshire sign Mark Stoneman on loan for Blast after Dawid Malan’s ODI call-up
Former England Test opener has been unable to break into Surrey’s Blast side
Stoneman, the Surrey top-order batter, is available for five of Yorkshire’s final six Blast games starting with Saturday’s match against Northants. He is required to return to Surrey ahead of the final group game (against Nottinghamshire on July 9 to prepare for the County Championship game against Somerset that starts on July 11.
Stoneman, who has a modest T20 record (he averages 20.38 with a strike rate of 118.01 has been unable to break into the Surrey T20 side this season with Will Jacks and Jamie Smith preferred at the top of the order when Jason Roy has been on England duty. He made only one appearance in the Blast last summer.
“With the number of players we are now missing due to England commitments and injury, we felt we needed to add a top-order batsmen to our squad for the latter stages of the group,” Yorkshire’s first XI coach Andrew Gale said.
“We have made a great start to this year’s Vitality Blast and seen some great contributions from some of our younger players, but feel like the addition of an experienced batsman at the top of the order is important to help keep up the momentum.
“Mark Stoneman certainly fits the bill for what we were looking for; an experienced player who will fit in at the top of the order. His quality is well-known and we are looking forward to welcoming him into the squad.”
Yorkshire are second in the group after eight out of 14 matches, behind Nottinghamshire on net run-rate.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo