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Duanne Olivier


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Name: Duanne Olivier
DOB: May 9, 1992, Groblersdal, South Africa
Role: Right-arm seamer, Right-handed bat
Nickname: Did you know? A keen golfer, Olivier will not be short of someone who fancies 18 holes in the Yorkshire squad

Yorkshire have acquired a quick who has recently risen into the world’s top 20 bowlers in the ICC’s Test Match rankings.

Duanne Olivier, 26-years-old, enjoyed a sensational South African summer in international cricket in 2018/19, adding to the excitement around his signing at Emerald Headingley.

Olivier signed an initial three-year contract as a Kolpak player on the eve of the 2019 county summer, effectively retiring from international cricket as a result. He is in the form of his life.

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 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.

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 the most recent Test series 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.

Last summer, he spent the first half of the season with Derbyshire as their overseas bowler, taking an impressive 44 wickets in 15 appearances in the Specsavers County Championship and the Royal London one-day Cup.

He took two wickets in a rain-affected one-day defeat against Yorkshire at Derby, the game Matthew Fisher won with the bat at the death.

Olivier most recently played his franchise cricket for the Knights, having done so since late 2012.

His maiden wicket for the White Rose is likely to be his 400th in first-class cricket.

He is also four first-class games away from 100 in his career and just two wickets away from 500 across all formats.

Olivier was part of the Jozi Stars team which won the inaugural Mzansi Super League T20 title late last year and was the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 20 from eight matches, regularly proving a menace at the end of an innings.

Yorkshire have long been reluctant to drive down the Kolpak route, with a determination to back their own. When they have done, it has been to add real quality, Jacques Rudolph being the obvious example.

Duanne Olivier, given pedigree and certainly current form, definitely fits the bill.

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  • Name Duanne Olivier
  • Born May 9, 1992, Groblersdal, South Africa
  • Role Right-arm seamer, Right-handed bat
  • First Class North West v Free State at Potchefstroom, Mar 17-19, 2011
  • Squad number 74

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