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I want to play Test for England: Duanne Olivier


Former Proteas fast bowler Duanne Olivier revealed his wishes to play Test cricket for England following signing a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire last month.

Duanne Olivier

Oliver cut short his 10 match Test career in South Africa claiming 48 wickets and after a superb series against Pakistan where he claimed 24 wickets.

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In an interview with Daily Mail, Olivier expressed his new cricketing target and that is playing for England.

“I accept that my Test career is over for South Africa but if I do well, hopefully in the future, I can play for England. You always need to put your mind to certain goals,” Olivier said.

In the Proteas team, Olivier was considered as the successor of the like of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander with his excellent fast bowling but it all came down to an end when the 26 year old turned down the board’s contract and signed the Kolpak deal with county team Yorkshire.

Olivier defended himself saying,”I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and if you just concentrate on doing well that will take care of itself. I don’t think too far ahead.

“Yes, it will be a goal to play for England one day and it would be amazing but for now my pure focus is on Yorkshire and just doing well for them,”

he reckoned.

According to report revealed, Olivier’s salary at Headingley will be close to £150,000-£100,000, which is fairly three times as much as what he would have earned as a South African international.

“I realize some people will understand and some people won’t at all but it doesn’t really faze me what they think,” Olivier said.

“At the end of the day, it’s about what I want to do. I want to see things going forward and I feel like my cricket will improve playing county cricket,” he added.

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