Billy Stanlake can’t wait to get started with Derbyshire, and hopes that his spell with the team can be a successful one for all parties.
The Australia international has joined the club for all formats, with his first appearance likely to come in the LV= County Championship fixture against Essex, starting on Thursday 13 May, as Covid-19 restrictions rule him out for this week’s game against Nottinghamshire.
While the fast bowler has made his name in the white ball formats, Stanlake is excited by the chance to showcase what he can do in first-class cricket, something that he is eager to add to his game.
Derbyshire are currently unbeaten in the red ball game this season and Stanlake comes as a welcome addition to the bowling unit, with the 26-year-old hoping to fire the side to success, while continuing his own development.
“It’s nice to finally be over here and I can’t wait to finally play some cricket for Derbyshire,” he said.
“It’s the reason why I’ve come here, to play lots of cricket, I have a couple of weeks now to get acclimatised and get to know the boys before my first game. It’ll be great to meet up with all the boys and get down to business soon.
“I’ve never been able to get a consistent block of red ball cricket, so to be able to come to Derbyshire and have that opportunity is something I’m really excited about. I’m hoping it can take my game to the next level and hopefully I can help the side to a few wins this season.
“It’s always great when you can go different parts of the world and succeed. With The Ashes coming around every couple of years, it’s good to prove you can bowl in these conditions with the Dukes ball.
“Whenever you are playing cricket, it helps your case [for international selection], but the main reason I’ve come to Derbyshire is to play games and take my game to another level. Everyone is telling me how fun county cricket is, so I can’t wait to experience that myself.”
So far, homegrown paceman Sam Conners has led the way for Derbyshire’s seam attack, claiming nine wickets at an average of 25.11, while the rest of the promising attack has also shown positive signs.
Stanlake has been keeping an eye on developments from afar, and is relishing the chance work with the younger bowlers and helping them to improve where he can.
“I’ve seen snippets here and there,” he added.
“It’s a young bowling attack, but a really exciting one and I’m looking forward to spending time with them and help them along the way with bits of advice.
“I just can’t wait for my first training session and get stuck in, but it’ll be good to see the lads play this week and get a feel for things.”
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