Billy Stanlake, Yorkshire’s new overseas signing for this summer’s Vitality Blast, could be one of the “all-time great fast bowlers” according to former Australia Test captain Ricky Ponting.

Stanlake, 23, will arrive at Emerald Headingley in July for his first taste of county cricket.

He has just won the Big Bash with the Adelaide Strikers and was part of Australia’s team which won the Twenty20 tri-series involving New Zealand and England last month.

Ponting was the assistant coach for that series, in which Stanlake took eight wickets from five matches.

“I just love the look of what he’s got,” said Ponting.

“He’s almost seven feet tall, bowls close to 150 kilometres an hour, he can swing the new ball. He’s got a little nasty streak in him as well – he likes bowling bouncers.

“When we see him get a bit more of a tank and grow into his body a bit more and put on a little bit of weight, I think he’s someone that could be one of the all-time great fast bowlers.

“That’s all there ahead of him, we just hope he stays in one piece and becomes the kind of cricketer we all think he can be.”

Ponting was talking to Cricket Australia’s website,, on Tuesday, around the time it was announced that Stanlake had signed a new three-year contract with the Strikers.

He will remain with Jason Gillespie’s champions until the end of BBL10 in 2020/2021.

Stanlake claimed eleven wickets from his 10 appearances in this season’s Big Bash. He also recorded an impressive economy rate of 6.47.

The Queenslander was one of a host of re-signings by the Strikers, with Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan committing to another two years with the South Australian franchise.

Related News

View all news
Katie Levick

Northern Diamonds vs Western Storm. Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Pre Match Guide

Our pre-match guide includes all the information spectators need to know ahead of our Northern Diamonds’ maiden 2024 appearance at Headingley:

Read more

Report: Northern Diamonds v Lancashire Thunder, RHF Trophy

Northern Diamonds eased their way to a stunning opening day victory in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy as Lancashire Thunder were brushed aside by nine wickets at Durham’s Seat Unique Riverside today. 

Read more
Emma Marlow

Silver goes for gold with Yorkshire women

Yorkshire’s women’s side are ready and raring to for their season of county cricket, which starts for them on Sunday with a 50-over fixture against the North East Warriors at Durham’s Seat Unique Stadium (11am).

Read more
An image of Lauren Winfield-Hill and Adil Rashid, with the Yorkshire logo and Northern Diamonds logo in the middle

Sign up to our newsletter

For all the latest news, previews, ticket, membership and Premium Experiences information and more exciting content from Yorkshire Cricket and the Northern Diamonds straight to your inbox, subscribe now.

To view our privacy policy, click here.