By Graham Hardcastle

Ben Coad has spoken of the different dimension his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier is providing to Yorkshire’s bowling attack this season.

Olivier, the ex-South Africa Test bowler, has put the frighteners on many a batsman this summer, not only dismissing them but intimidating them with short-pitched bowling as well.

He has played his part in Yorkshire’s unbeaten start in the Specsavers County Championship with 16 wickets.

Yorkshire sit second in the table, two points behind early pacesetters Somerset, with two wins from their three games so far, the latest coming against Kent at Canterbury last week.

“In previous years, we’ve lacked that firepower in many senses,” said Coad, who has taken 15 wickets.

“Jack Brooks is a phenomenal bowler, but they’re very different.

“When the tail’s in, we almost know we can blow them away with Duanne. He just frightens them. If he’s doing that, he won’t necessarily get the wickets, but others will.

“They don’t really want to be facing him, which means they’re trying to get after me or someone else.”

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

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