Yet another interesting signing from Derbyshire for the upcoming season of the Vitality T20 Blast. They have signed lanky fast bowler Billy Stanlake for the T20 contest. The flamboyant cricketer will join the team as the overseas player, who will be available for the team throughout the season.
The tall bowler replaces Kane Richardson, who pulled out after signing with the county, as he received a call-up for Australia’s World Cup campaign. Stanlake will link up with his new side prior to their opening fixture in July and is available throughout the group stage.
Speaking of the inclusion, the team director quoted that the addition of Billy Stanlake has been a brilliant one from the county club. He believes that the pace and bounce of the Stanlake will help the team to taste success in the shortest version of the game.
“Billy [Stanlake] is an excellent white ball bowler and with his height and pace, he has the qualities to trouble batsmen in this format,” said Dave Houghton, the head of cricket. “He’s someone we’ve kept an eye on and we’ve been impressed by what we’ve seen. We were disappointed to lose Kane [Richardson], but I believe we have found a replacement who will not only complement our side, but bring in new skills to keep taking us forward.
So far, across the globe, Stanlake has 62 wickets in 51 Twenty20 games, averaging 23.95 at an economy rate of under eight runs an over. As far as his brief T20 stint for the Australian team is concerned, he bagged 25 wickets in 17 matches, at 20.08.
It will be my first experience – Billy Stanlake
Speaking of the signing, Billy Stanlake quoted that he is pretty happy to join the club, which got talented players in their kitty. Further, he went on to add saying that he would love to deliver the goods for the team and make them see on the right side of things.
“The T20 will come around fast now and I’m looking forward to getting going,” said Stanlake after the signing. “It’ll be my first experience of the tournament, and having spoken to the guys I know how important the competition is. It’s a good side and a quick, bouncy track at Derby, so I hope to use my skills and contribute to performances out in the middle for Derbyshire,” he added.
Well, it would be interesting to see how Billy Stanlake will deliver goods for Derbyshire. Of late, he missed out in the squad of ICC World Cup 2019 and also failed to get featured even in one game for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019.