Duanne Olivier has hailed the performances of new ball partner Ben Coad, admitting: “It’s been tremendous to watch how he operates.”

South African Olivier and Coad are beginning to emerge as a potent force with the new ball in the Specsavers County Championship, best highlighted at Canterbury last week when they shared 14 wickets in beating Kent.

Olivier (five wickets) roughed the batsmen up with his express pace, only for Coad to knock them over with 6-52 in the second innings and nine wickets in the match.

In all, they have shared 31 wickets in three Division One appearances – Olivier 16 and Coad 15 – to help secure to wins and a draw.

“Everyone contributed really well at Kent, but a special mention should go to Coady,” said Olivier, 27-years-old. “The way he bowled was superb.

“All the bowlers contributed, even Jack Leaning – golden arm. They were playing really well on that final day.

“Myself and Coady complement each other quite well.

“Then you have Steve Patterson and Matthew Waite in the first couple of games and Tim Bresnan at Kent.

“Every bowler brings something different, and that’s going to help going through the next couple of games and getting the points we need.

“Coady has been superb. Opening with him, it’s been tremendous to watch how he operates.

“He’s been doing so well for the last three seasons for Yorkshire, and he deserves his success.

“I don’t think he’d taken the wickets he deserved before Kent. I’m very happy for him.”

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