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Yorkshire land South African ace

26th February 2019, 14:43 by Nick Harris

Yorkshire have won the race to land Duanne Olivier after the South African fast bowler signed a three-year Kolpak deal with the club.

He is the latest in a long line of South African players to make the move to English cricket on a Kolpak deal and turning their backs on international cricket.

Olivier had just broken into the world's top-20 Test bowlers and his arrival will be a major boost for the White Rose county.

The South Africans were keen to keep him but the fact they operate a quota system means he would have found it difficult to break into their side, so he has opted for English county cricket and the security it will bring.

"I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a difficult decision to make," said Olivier. "It’s giving up playing for my country with no guarantees of playing international cricket again. But, at the end of the day, I needed to be true to myself.

"I’ve only got this one chance to see where my talent can take me and Yorkshire just felt right to me."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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