Duanne Olivier: Yorkshire sign South Africa fast bowler on three-year Kolpak deal

After making his Test debut in January 2017, Olivier then played in two of the fits in South Africa’s collection defeat in England later that yr

Yorkshire possess signed South Africa snappily bowler Duanne Olivier on a three-yr Kolpak contract.

Olivier, 26, played for Derbyshire in 2018, and is believed to be one of the most realm’s most in-affect pacemen, having taken 31 wickets in five Tests since being recalled by South Africa in December.

His total total of 48 wickets in 10 Tests has lifted him into the pause 20 bowlers within the ICC Test match rankings.

He also took 31 wickets in seven Championship games for Derbyshire.

The phrases of the Kolpak deal imply that he aren’t in a predicament to play for South Africa all but again till his contract with Yorkshire expires.

After taking 24 wickets in South Africa’s three residence Tests towards Pakistan, to be named player of the collection, he then claimed seven extra scalps in two Tests towards Sri Lanka.

“I could perchance well be lying if I stated this wasn’t an advanced approach to plan,” he stated. “It be giving up taking half in for my country with out a ensures of taking half in international cricket all but again.

‘Yorkshire actual felt appropriate to me’

“However, at the tip of the day, I needed to be lawful to myself. I’ve greatest purchased this one probability to peep the bring collectively my expertise can get me and Yorkshire actual felt appropriate to me.

“I came to head to to the UK closing yr and totally loved my time taking half in county cricket. I in actuality possess since realised I could perchance well happily unsuitable myself there for the foreseeable future.

“I changed into once within the open desirous to reach abet abet as an in one more country player nonetheless, after I purchased a prolonged-term provide from Yorkshire as a Kolpak, I knew that signing would possibly perchance well be the appropriate option for each and every myself and my household.”

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon stated they hoped Olivier would possibly perchance well be a “prolonged-term” signings.

“It be for an initial three years nonetheless we’re hoping it will likely be for longer than that,” he continued.

“Duanne is a proven wicket-taker as now we possess considered within the collection towards Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He’s purchased proper tempo so he gives us a particular dimension within our seam bowling ******.

“We’re awake that now we possess purchased some talented younger seamers, nonetheless several of them possess had accidents so now we must administer them somewhat over the subsequent couple of years. It gives us that strength wide to compete on all fronts.”

Boost for quick bowling department

Jack Brooks left Headingley at the tip of the 2018 season and Olivier’s arrival will assist possess the gap

Yorkshire, county champions in 2014 and 2015, survived a relegation dread in 2018, earlier than recovering humdrum within the season to construct fourth.

However they were left weakened within the brief bowling department

As well to Ryan Sidebottom retiring at the tip of the 2017 season, they lost Ben Coad (48 wickets in 9 games) and skipper Steve Patterson (24 wickets in eight games) to damage in 2018.

The pair overlooked 11 fits between them, whereas David Willey played actual twice thanks to England commitments.

The Tykes were then further hit in their tempo department by the tip-of-season lack of their leading wicket taker Jack Brooks (51) to Somerset and Liam Plunkett to Surrey for the 2019 season.

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