Getting to know: Matt Henry

Wednesday 15th March 2017
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Written by Danny Painter

A consistent fast bowler with plenty of limited-overs experience, Derbyshire has signed New Zealand international Matt Henry for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.

The slippery pace bowler is currently representing Canterbury in the Plunket Shield in New Zealand, and his recent good form has earned him a call up to the squad for the second Test against South Africa at Wellington later this week.

He has taken 156 first-class wickets and boasts best figures of 5-18 in the red ball format. While enjoying a rich vein of form in first-class cricket, Henry boasts an array of one-day experience, which includes six Twenty20 and 30 one-day international appearances for the Black Caps.

In total, he has appeared in 59 Twenty20 fixtures, claiming 52 wickets at an average of 29. The paceman has also been a regular in New Zealand’s ODI side since making his debut in 2014, claiming 58 wickets at an average of 25 with best figures of 5-30.

Henry has been selected to play in this year’s IPL for Kings XI Punjab, his second stint in the explosive tournament after a stint with Chennai Super Kings in 2016, and will provide the ideal preparation for his stint with the Falcons.

The 25-year-old, who claimed the third-best figures for a New Zealand debutante in ODIs returning 4-28 versus India in 2014, also has previous experience in England and spending the first half of the 2016 season at Worcestershire.

He now looks forward to the summer with Derbyshire where he will be available for all NatWest T20 Blast fixtures, fresh from the IPL, aiming to lead the bowling attack alongside the likes of Hardus Viljoen and Imran Tahir.

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