England’s premier Twenty 20 tournament – the Friends Life T20 – is now underway and, although overseas players are rare in County Cricket, there is some South African talent to watch out for.
With each club allowed just two foreign signings, cricket betting punters know that making any of the squads is difficult for overseas players. Here is our rundown of the South African men to watch this English summer:
Vernon Philander: Kent
Philander will give Kent some much needed pace in their bowling attack and should aid this flailing side in all three formats when he arrives later this month.
His one-day prowess, however, is under the most scrutiny after the 28-year-old recorded poor figures for Cape Cobras in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge this March.
Philander has experience on English wickets after playing seasons in Devon, Middlesex and Somerset shirts and this will prove vital to any success Kent achieve this year.
Richard Levi: Northamptonshire
The batsman made a disappointing start to his FLt20 season with a single run on his debut against Gloucestershire.
The 25-year-old lasted just three balls before Daniel Christian nicked him into the wicketkeeper’s gloves but Levi has something to offer this team. The opener has a respectable 25.19 average with the bat in T20’s and this should improve on the Northamptonshire wicket.
Neil McKenzie: Hampshire
It may have been some time since McKenzie picked up an international bat but this 37-year-old still boasts the class and speed of thought required to impress on the world stage.
McKenzie has done well during his first month at Hampshire and scored a neat 37 not out in his opening T20 clash against Surrey. No stranger to surprising the cricket betting odds after his stints with the Lions, this fourth-order batsman is set to make his mark over the next three months.