Ravichandran Ashwin will join Nottinghamshire for the second half of the County Championship season.

The India spinner, their fourth highest Test wicket-taker of all time, will link up with his new team-mates in time for the home match with Essex at Trent Bridge starting on June 30.

He will also feature against Somerset and Surrey, before missing the match with Yorkshire because of his India commitments. Ashwin is expected to be back for the last three matches of the Championship season versus Kent, Warwickshire and Surrey.

"I'm really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories," Ashwin told Notts' official website.

"I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It's a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can't wait to get started."

Yorkshire have rejected reports they could sign former Australia captain Steve Smith as their overseas player for the first half of the 2019 season.

Smith is currently serving the final weeks of his 12-month ban from all cricket for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in 2018.

The 29-year-old was banned along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following the incident at Newlands, with the latter having already returned from his nine-month suspension.

Smith and Warner will be free to restart their careers at the end of March, and a stint in county cricket had been mooted for the former skipper.

However, Yorkshire have distanced themselves from talk of a move for Smith, with coach Andrew Gale telling the county's official website there was "no interest" in signing the batsman.

Smith is thought to be keen on playing four-day cricket in England ahead of this year's Ashes to try and regain his form.

South Africa quick Duanne Olivier has turned his back on international cricket after signing a Kolpak contract with County Championship side Yorkshire.

Olivier this week broke into the top 20 of the ICC's Test bowling rankings but has now committed to Yorkshire for the next three years.

It continues a worrying trend for the Proteas, with the likes of Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw having previously left the South African system to commit to Kolpak deals, whereby players do not have to be registered as overseas signings.

Olivier conceded it was a tough call to make but felt Yorkshire's offer was too good to turn down.

"I would be lying if I said this wasn't a difficult decision to make," he said via a statement released by Yorkshire. 

"It's giving up playing for my country with no guarantees of playing international cricket again. 

"But at the end of the day, I needed to be true to myself. I've only got this one chance to see where my talent can take me and Yorkshire just felt right to me." 

Olivier has played 10 Tests since making his debut in January 2017 and was named Man of the Series in South Africa's 2-1 series win over Pakistan – taking 24 wickets across the three matches.

He took a further seven in the recent two-match series with Sri Lanka, which ended in defeat for South Africa.

"I would say I've been in good form for the last few years. It has definitely been my most consistent period and I think my stats could attest to that," he added. 

"I have definitely enjoyed playing Test cricket. The Pakistan tour was by far my stand-out tour. I loved every moment of that tour. It's definitely one I won't forget." 

Adil Rashid has signed a new one-year contract with Yorkshire that will see him play across all formats.

The England leg-spinner announced his decision to focus solely on white-ball cricket for the 2018 season in February, a move Yorkshire branded "disappointing". 

Rory Burns is waiting for the phone call from the England selectors after leading to Surrey to County Championship glory. 

Keshav Maharaj and Lancashire rescued a sensational County Championship tie at Somerset after claiming two wickets when the hosts needed just a single run for victory. 

Dale Steyn's groin problem should only rule him out of action for up to a fortnight, according to Cricket South Africa. 

Moeen Ali showed England just what they are missing on Tuesday as he smashed a stunning 219 for Worcestershire in the County Championship.

Adil Rashid's controversial return to the England Test side after foregoing the chance to play red-ball cricket this season has prompted an angry reaction from Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur.

Jordan Clark flourished on day one of the Roses match by dismissing three of the world's best batsmen to claim a famous hat-trick and put Lancashire on top against fierce rivals Yorkshire.

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