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Derbyshire sign South Africa bowler Olivier

Derbyshire has signed South Africa pace bowler Duanne Olivier as overseas player for the first half of 2018.

The 25-year-old, who has featured in five Tests for South Africa, will be available for the first seven Specsavers County Championship matches and the entire Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, subject to final Cricket South Africa approval.

The paceman, who made his international debut in 2017, has taken 17 Test wickets at an average of 23. In total, he has featured in 72 first-class matches, claiming 284 wickets at an average of 22, with 16 five-wicket hauls.

The quick, who represents VKB Knights in South Africa, ended last season with 64 first-class wickets at an average of 16, with best figures of 6-60.

He has also played in 34 List A matches, taking 45 wickets at an average of 25 with an economy rate of five. In total, he has played in 130 matches across all forms, returning 347 wickets.

Cricket Advisor, Kim Barnett said: “We’re delighted to sign Duanne for the first half of the season. He comes highly recommended and will offer further depth to our seam attack.

“We identified new ball bowling as an area we wanted to strengthen, especially for the first half of the season in red and white ball cricket.

“He is a tall, quick bowler who is keen to prove himself and he will give us another quality option with the ball. We look forward to welcoming Duanne to Derbyshire.”

Olivier added: “I’m really looking forward to joining Derbyshire for the first half of 2018 and playing both red and one-day cricket. The Club has shared its ambitions for the new season and I hope I can play my part in a successful start to the new campaign.”

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