Martyn Moxon has highlighted Duanne Olivier’s commitment to the Yorkshire cause as he prepares to make his county debut this weekend.

Olivier will face Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities in the three-day first-class fixture, starting on Sunday at Weetwood.

The 26-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the White Rose after retiring from international cricket with South Africa.

Olivier took 31 wickets in five Tests this winter, and his decision to move to Emerald Headingley has been a significant talking point in world cricket.

His first wicket for Yorkshire will be the 400th of his first-class career.

Yorkshire director of cricket Moxon said: “We are delighted to have him here.

“We have a wicket-taker who bowls with genuine pace. He will give us a different dimension.

“I think the commitment he’s shown to want to play for Yorkshire over what has been quite a long process – being picked for the Test series and coming under quite a lot of pressure from South Africa to stay – has been very impressive.

“He’s a massively impressive young man who knows where he wants to get to. He’s put a lot on the line in making the decision he has.”

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