New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson is in line to debut for Yorkshire on Wednesday night with an English county championship beckoning.
Williamson was confirmed last week for the division one leaders for the final five matches of the first-class season, before New Zealand's tour of Bangladesh starting in late September.
He will provide cover for Gary Ballance, who has been named in the England Lions squad for three one-day matches against Bangladesh A.
Yorkshire are leading division one under coach Jason Gillespie and face Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in their next four-day match starting on Wednesday night.
Williamson previously played for Gloucestershire in the county championship in 2011 and 2012.
''Once we knew that Gary was unavailable, because of his international call-up, we made a conscious effort to bring in a proven international batsman to help bolster the squad,'' Gillespie said.
''The decision was made in consultation with Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale, and Michael Vaughan, representing the board on cricketing matters, also played a pivotal role in bringing in Kane. It is the right thing to do and he is a quality player with a proven first-class record.''
Williamson said: ''Once I knew Yorkshire were in for me, I jumped at the chance of being part of their plans in the final part of season.
''To play for Yorkshire will enhance my game and give me every opportunity to score some runs as I get ready for the summer back home in New Zealand.''.
Meanwhile, New Zealand opener Hamish Rutherford's Essex bowed out of the England Twenty20 competition at the semifinal stage on Sunday.
Rutherford scored 36 in Essex's total of 168-5, before they lost to eventual champions Northamptonshire by seven wickets.
Rutherford scored 304 runs at 27.6 and strike rate of 170 for the T20 competition. He will now rejoin Otago for their buildup for next month's Champions League.
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