Derbyshire recruit Richardson

08 March 2019 03:26:13 EST

Big Bash League winner Kane Richardson has signed as Derbyshire's second overseas player in this summer's Vitality T20 Blast.

The 28-year-old fast bowler, who is an outsider for a place in Australia's World Cup squad, was a member of the Melbourne Renegades team that won the BBL last month.

Overall, Richardson has claimed 107 wickets in 90 Twenty20 matches, at an average of 24.41, and he joins New Zealander Logan van Beek as the club's second short-format import.

"Kane is a top-level T20 bowler and that is what we were looking for with our second overseas signing," said Derbyshire's T20 coach Dominic Cork.

"He's just won the BBL, which is one of the most competitive tournaments in the game and I've been impressed by what I've seen.

"He's quick and with his international experience I'm looking forward to seeing him lead the line for Derbyshire."

Richardson, who has also featured in recent Indian Premier League seasons, added: "I've been lucky to play in T20 tournaments around the world, but this will be my first experience of the Vitality Blast and I'm looking forward to getting going.

"It's a competitive tournament and I know a few of the guys who we'll be facing and they all say how great the crowds are under the lights on the T20 nights in England.

"Derbyshire are an ambitious club who have been progressing well in the last few seasons, so hopefully I can contribute towards some wins."

Meanwhile, Derbyshire are 14/1 to win County Championship Division Two this summer, with Worcestershire priced at 3/1.

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