Travis heads back to Yorkshire

Travis Head joins a growing contingent of Australians who will feature in English domestic cricket this year

Australia batsman Travis Head will enjoy another stint in the United Kingdom this southern hemisphere winter, signing on to return to Yorkshire for this year's England domestic T20 competition.

The English county announced on Saturday that they had secured Head's signature for another season, after he impressed for the Vikings in 2016.

Head, 23, impressed for Yorkshire in last season's one-day cup and scored 113 runs in four Twenty20 games before being summoned for ODI duty with Australia.

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"I am looking forward to returning to Headingley to play for the Yorkshire Vikings in 2017," Head told the Yorkshire website.

"I really enjoyed my time in Yorkshire last year and I can't wait to meet up with the lads again."

The South Australia recorded his first international century in January, plundering 128 runs against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Australia.

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The left-hander, who has now represented Australia 29 times in white-ball cricket, will link up with compatriot Peter Handscomb at Yorkshire, who reached the T20 Blast semi-finals last year.

"It was a no-brainer to bring Travis back," said first-team coach Andrew Gale.

"If we had the opportunity to bring him back, we were always going to. He has gone from strength to strength since he left us last summer, getting into the Australia team and being a consistent performer for them."

Other Australians set to feature in county cricket this year include Tasmania's George Bailey, who has re-signed with former club Hampshire on a two-year deal, while Western Australia trio Michael Klinger, Cameron Bancroft and AJ Tye will all be in action for Gloucestershire.

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Australia pace bowler James Pattinson has joined Nottinghamshire as the English county's overseas replacement for compatriot Peter Siddle, who is unable to fulfil his scheduled spell at Trent Bridge due to a back injury.

Pattinson joins Dan Christian at the county, while Aaron Finch has signed on with Surrey for their T20 campaign, John Hastings is set to make his return from a knee injury when he takes the field for Worcestershire and Clint McKay will again line up for Leicestershire.