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Maharaj is still the king; CRICKET.

KESHAV Maharaj is simply brilliant, says Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale.

The South Africa international left-arm spinner is back with the county after a brief trip home to attend a national awards dinner, a requirement for all centrally contracted players.

Maharaj was outstanding in a trio of Specsavers County Championship appearances prior to the start of the Vitality Blast.

He took 20 wickets and hit two fifties down the order, contributing to wins over Surrey at Scarborough and Somerset at Emerald Headingley.

In the win over pre-game leaders Somerset last month, he took 11 wickets, including seven in the first innings.

The 29-year-old will play in the next two Championship fixtures against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough from Sunday and then against Somerset at Taunton (September 10-13) prior to a Test series in India.

Last year, Maharaj claimed 17 wickets in three Championship appearances for Lancashire, including 11 in their famous September tie at Taunton.

He also played in a heavy defeat against Yorkshire at Headingley.

"That's where I saw him last year, when he played for Lancashire against us," explained Gale. "I thought, 'We could really do with someone like that'. We had Dom Bess come in and do that kind of job for us earlier in the season and now Kesh.

"His runs have been a bonus, but he plays two roles with the ball. If the ball's not spinning, he doesn't go for many runs and can dry an end up and build pressure."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2019
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