Henry teams up with Derbyshire

15 March 2017 11:03:19 EST

John Wright has made compatriot Matt Henry one of Derbyshire's NatWest Blast imports.

New Zealander Wright identified the former Worcestershire paceman - who also packs a punch with the bat - after being named as the midlands club's Twenty20 coach.

The 25-year-old, who will feature for Kings XI Punjab in this year's Indian Premier League, will be available for the full tournament.

Henry, who has six Twenty20 and 30 one-day international caps for the Kiwis, is a renowned short-format player.

"I've been liaising with John Wright and Matt was one of his first picks. He came highly recommended as a fast bowler and also someone with a high strike-rate with the bat down the order," said Derbyshire director of cricket Kim Barnett.

"One of John's key areas for this summer's competition is to keep the runs down, and with the attack we've assembled, which also includes Hardus Viljoen and Imran Tahir, we've given ourselves the best chance of doing this."

Henry, whose signing follows the addition of South African Daryn Smit on a non-overseas deal, added: "I really enjoyed my time in England last year and I'm excited to be returning to represent Derbyshire.

"The county has some exciting plans in the NatWest T20 Blast under John Wright. They're determined to improve and advance to the knockout stages, and I hope I can play my part in a successful campaign."

Derbyshire can be backed at 1212/1 to win County Championship Division Two this summer, with Nottinghamshire 7/4 and Northamptonshire 66/1.

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