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After three years with Yorkshire, fast bowler Duanne Olivier is back in the international fold with South Africa.
Olivier arrived at Headingley on a three-year deal ahead of 2019, initially as a Kolpak player before having his status changed to overseas for the final year of that initial contract.
He extended his deal through to the end of 2022, though his availability is set to be limited after a return to Proteas colours.
Olivier played two Test Matches against India in January 2022, contributing five wickets to a series win.
It came on the back of some excellent form for the Lions team in SA domestic cricket in late 2021, taking 28 wickets in four first-class fixtures.
South Africa have a summer tour of England scheduled, which would limit his availability for county cricket if selected.
Olivier will be the first to admit that Yorkshire fans haven’t consistently seen the best of him yet on the way to 75 wickets in 25 first-class games.
In 2021, his appearances were limited because of a back injury. He played only seven Championship games and not at all in any format beyond the start of August.
When taking up Kolpak status, he had to retire from international cricket. But Brexit rules meant Kolpak status was abolished ahead of 2021.
He finished as Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker with 43 from 13 games in 2019.
He took two five-wicket hauls, including one on his debut – a draw at Nottinghamshire in the opening game of that summer.
In 2020, Coronavirus lockdowns in South Africa and the UK disrupted his preparations, but he claimed five wickets in his first match – a win over Notts at Trent Bridge.
Olivier’s pace is a standout attribute.
When the now 29-year-old signed with Yorkshire, following half a summer as Derbyshire’s overseas in 2018, he was ranked in the top 20 bowlers in Tests by the ICC.
After making his Test debut in January 2017, Olivier had been unable to nail down his place, playing only five times in a little under two years.
But, upon being recalled at the start of December 2018 for a home series against Pakistan, he showed all his quality, taking 31 wickets in five games, including an 11-wicket match haul upon his return to the side at Centurion.
His decision to swap South Africa for God’s Own County owed much to the quota system at the heart of his nation’s selection policy.
A former South Africa Under 19s player, he has also tasted T20 success with Jozi Stars in his homeland (late 2018) and with Sri Lankan side Jaffna Stallions (late 2020).