Skip to content
#74

Duanne Olivier

Date of birth: May 9, 1992, Groblersdal, South Africa
Role: Right-arm seamer, Right-handed bat
Nickname: Big 'D'
County Cap:
County Debut:
First Class: North West v Free State at Potchefstroom, Mar 17-19, 2011

County Stats (19/20 season)

Appearances

Runs

Wickets

  • Fast bowler Duanne Olivier’s signing on a Kolpak contract ahead of 2019 was a significant one for Yorkshire given his form in Test cricket for South Africa immediately before putting pen to paper at Emerald Headingley.

    And while he took his time to settle during his first full season in county cricket, he still finished as Yorkshire’s leading Specsavers County Championship wicket-taker with 43 from 13 games and showed signs that he could be an excellent acquisition.

    He took two five-wicket hauls, including one on his debut – a draw against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in the opening game of the summer.

    Olivier’s pace is a standout attribute, and he used it to intimidate many a batsman, often hitting them on the helmet with short balls. He formed an improving new ball partnership with Ben Coad.

    When Olivier, now aged 27, signed with Yorkshire on a three-year deal, he was ranked in the top 20 bowlers by the ICC’s Test Match ranking system. But his arrival at Yorkshire meant he had to retire from international cricket.

  • 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, with Lungi Ngidi suffering a long-term knee injury, he showed all his quality, taking 31 wickets in five games, including an 11-wicket match haul upon his return to the side against Pakistan at Centurion.

    Olivier hails from a farming town in the Bloemfontein area of South Africa and has had to battle against the quota system prevalent in the Rainbow nation, somewhat explaining his decision to seek pastures new.

    He is a right-arm bowler who seems to generate his extra pace through his right shoulder and has the ability to reverse swing the ball and has a good bouncer.

    He played his first two one-day internationals against Pakistan in January prior to his final Test series, a defeat against Sri Lanka, in which he took seven wickets.

    Olivier made his first-class debut for Free State in March 2011, aged 19 and shortly after playing for South African Schools alongside Quinton de Kock, and is no stranger to English conditions.

    He toured here with the South African Under 19s squad later that year, again playing alongside de Kock in a side captained by now England Test opener Keaton Jennings, a Lancashire player he is likely to have a few tasty battles with in Roses cricket over the next few years.

    In 2017, he was part of a South Africa A tour, taking eight wickets in five appearances, and it was enough to see him selected for two Tests at Trent Bridge and Emirates Old Trafford.

  • 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, with Lungi Ngidi suffering a long-term knee injury, he showed all his quality, taking 31 wickets in five games, including an 11-wicket match haul upon his return to the side against Pakistan at Centurion.

    Olivier hails from a farming town in the Bloemfontein area of South Africa and has had to battle against the quota system prevalent in the Rainbow nation, somewhat explaining his decision to seek pastures new.

    He is a right-arm bowler who seems to generate his extra pace through his right shoulder and has the ability to reverse swing the ball and has a good bouncer.

    He played his first two one-day internationals against Pakistan in January prior to his final Test series, a defeat against Sri Lanka, in which he took seven wickets.

    Olivier made his first-class debut for Free State in March 2011, aged 19 and shortly after playing for South African Schools alongside Quinton de Kock, and is no stranger to English conditions.

    He toured here with the South African Under 19s squad later that year, again playing alongside de Kock in a side captained by now England Test opener Keaton Jennings, a Lancashire player he is likely to have a few tasty battles with in Roses cricket over the next few years.

    In 2017, he was part of a South Africa A tour, taking eight wickets in five appearances, and it was enough to see him selected for two Tests at Trent Bridge and Emirates Old Trafford.