Viljoen’s Derbyshire deal adds to South Africa exodus –


Hardus Viljoen celebrates a wicket © Getty Images

Hardus Viljoen, the bullish Highveld Lions fast-bowler who played one Test match for South Africa against England, has signed a Kolpak deal with Derbyshire for three-years.

Viljoen is the third South African who has recently played international cricket to agree to an offer from England this season, following Stiaan van Zyl’s commitment to Sussex last month and Simon Harmer’s one-year deal for Essex. Viljoen can still play for the Lions but will not be able to represent South Africa for the duration of the deal.

Expectations are that others could follow before the start of the English season.

On the big stage, Viljoen is best known for taking the wicket of Alastair Cook with his first ball in Test cricket, in Johannesburg this January. The rest of the match did not bring any further success and…


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