Santner arrival bolsters Derbys

17 February 2018 23:56:44 GMTPlus11

Derbyshire expect new signing, New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner, to make a big impression during the second half of the coming campaign.

The 26-year-old left-arm spinner and left-hand batsman has agreed a deal which will see him available for the whole of the T20 Blast season, as well as seven County Championship Division Two fixtures.

And cricket advisor Kim Barnett believes his county have secured the services of a top-quality performer - with Santner currently the number-one ranked bowler in T20 international cricket.

He told the club's official website: "We are delighted to secure Mitchell for the second half of the 2018 season, including for the entire T20 Blast competition.

"He has been producing some of the best cricket of his career across all forms for New Zealand over the last few months and is now recognised as the world's number one T20 bowler.

"Mitchell is also an exceptional fielder and provides a quality batting option down the order. We look forward to welcoming him to Derbyshire."

Santner, who has previously played in county cricket for Worcestershire, has made 90 appearances for New Zealand across the three different formats of the game, taking 118 wickets.

His record in T20 internationals reads 28 wickets in 25 matches, at a superb economy rate of 6.88 runs per over.

Meanwhile, England are 4.00 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 6.00 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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