Derbyshire County Cricket Club have signed Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson for their 2019 T20 blast season.

Richardson, 28, will be available for all of Derbyshire T20 games throughout the Summer.

An Australian international who has taken 27 One Day International wickets in just 18 matches will join the team in July.

Derbyshire coach Dominic Cork said: “Kane is a top-level T20 bowler and that is what we are looking for with our second overseas signing.”

The Australian has recently won the Big Bash League with the Melbourne Renegades, finishing as the leading wicket-taker in the competition.

Derbyshire’s first game in the T20 Blast is against Yorkshire on July 20th.

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire opening batsman Alex Hales is expected to retain his place when England take on the West Indies in the second T20 international tonight.

He will be looking to improve on his score of 11 in the opening game.

It starts at 8pm tonight at Warner Park in St Kitts.

Richardson has taken 107 wickets in 90 T20 matches.

He was the leading wicket taker in the Big Bash with 24 wickets with a strike rate

of 13.70.