Stanlake inks UK T20 deal

18 May 2019

Towering quick replaces a compatriot for the northern summer

Adelaide Strikers fast bowler Billy Stanlake is the latest Australian to head to England this winter after he penned a deal to play for Derbyshire.

Stanlake is set to play T20 cricket for Derbyshire and replaces fellow Australian Kane Richardson, who was called up to Australia's World Cup squad after Jhye Richardson was ruled out with a shoulder injury. 

The giant quick represented Australia last summer - in T20 and ODI cricket - but failed to earn a ticket to the World Cup.

However, the 24-year-old played 10 games for the Strikers and made a successful return to Sheffield Shield cricket in two matches for the Bulls at the end of the season.

Following the home domestic season, Stanlake traveled to the subcontinent for a stint in the Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad but failed to feature in a game. 

Aussies hit the ground running in London

While he hasn't played a lot in the past two months, the right-armer is raring to go in England in July.

"The T20 will come around fast now and I’m looking forward to getting going," Stanlake said.

"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."

2019 World Cup

Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

May 22: (warm-up) Australia v West Indies, Southampton

May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton

May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton

June 1: Afghanistan v Australia, Bristol (D/N)

June 6: Australia v West Indies, Trent Bridge

June 9: India v Australia, The Oval

June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D/N)

July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D/N)

July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

July 14: Final, Lord's

For a full list of all World Cup fixtures, click HERE

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