Cricket: Surrey boost survival chances with Amla capture

South African batsmen Hashim Amla

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Surrey’s hopes of avoiding relegation from Division One of County Championship have been boosted by the arrival of South African batsmen Hashim Amla.

Amla has been drafted in to replace his international team-mate JP Duminy, who will be playing in the Champions League T20 next month for the Hyderabad Sunrisers.

The 30-year-old will play the remaining six games in the County Championship and is set to make his debut against Durham on August 22nd.

The arrival of Amla represents a big coup for the county as the South African currently leads the batting ranking in both Test and one-day internationals and they will be hoping he can continue that form over the next six matches.

Amla has played in England before with both Essex and Nottinghamshire, and is looking forward to playing at the Oval once again.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to have been asked by Alec Stewart to play for Surrey County Cricket Club,” he revealed.

“The Kia Oval holds a lot of fond memories for me personally. I look forward to returning there this year and hopefully enjoying similar success.”

Meanwhile, director of cricket Stewart added: “I’m very pleased to have secured the services of Hashim Amla, unquestionably a world-class batsman, for the last six games in the LV= County Championship.

“I would like to thank Hashim and Cricket South Africa for the excellent communication and professional manner which has enabled us to complete this deal.”


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