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Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale: ‘Duanne Olivier is a wicket taker at 90mph’

The coach has not always been a fan of Kolpak players but believes the South African pace man can make a difference

Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s first-team coach, has described the winter signing of Duanne Olivier on a Kolpak deal as a one-off that will give the county all the benefits of an international-class fast bowler without the drawbacks of an overseas player.

Olivier is set to make his first-class debut for the White Rose against the students of Leeds/Bradford MCCU on Sunday, having called time on an emerging Test career with South Africa at 26 for the financial security of a three-year county contract. This switch provoked consternation about the latest South African to exploit the EU loophole – not least having taken 24 wickets in a breakthrough three-Test series against Pakistan during the winter – and only increased further when Olivier said that, long-term, he is now looking to qualify for England via residency.

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