Headingley set for Finch and Maxwell fireworks

Yorkshire have pulled off a devastating double swoop by announcing the captures of big-hitting Australians Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell as their overseas players for the 2015 season.

Both stars, currently playing for Australia in the Tri-Series and part of their World Cup squad, will arrive at Headingley after their Indian Premier League commitments in May.

Opening batsman Finch returns for a second spell with the White Rose, having impressed last season, and is available for LV= County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast cricket.

Lumb and Carberry chase Big Bash glory

Michael Lumb expects a “cracking game” when his Sydney Sixers meet defending champions Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League final in Canberra tomorrow.

In a repeat of the first Big Bash final, which Lumb missed after helping the Sixers reach the knockout phase, both clubs will be aiming for an unprecedented second title since the tournament was rebadged four seasons ago.

“I think it will be a well-fought battle. It will be two good teams competing in the final,” Lumb said. 

Smith claims medal hat-trick

Steven Smith swept the board at Australia’s seasonal awards in Sydney, claiming the coveted Allan Border Medal as well as being named both Test and one-day player of the year.

Smith was firm favourite to scoop the night’s top award, which is voted for by players, umpires and media representatives – and comfortably beat David Warner and 2014 winner Mitchell Johnson.

Smith won 243 votes, with Warner second on 175 and Johnson completing the top three with 126.

Flintoff feels super powers return

Andrew Flintoff felt like Superman when training with England on Sunday.

The former England all-rounder, who has been playing for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, was invited to join a training session at the Gabba where the tourists were preparing to face India in the Tri-Series.

Flintoff last represented his country in 2009, so linking up with England was a thrill for the 37-year-old.

Five-star Finn puts India to the sword

Steven Finn’s maiden one-day international five-wicket haul inspired England to a bonus-point victory over world champions India in their Tri-Series clash at the Gabba.

As part of a stunning bowling performance containing excellent control and discipline, Finn claimed 5-33 and fit-again James Anderson wrapped up the tail to complete figures of 4-18 as India, who won the toss, were skittled for 153 inside 40 overs.