County news June 11, 2013

Surrey confirm Duminy signing

ESPNcricinfo staff

Surrey have confirmed the signing of JP Duminy, the South Africa batsman, for the last few weeks of the season. Duminy will replace Ricky Ponting and is set to be available for six Championship fixtures, as Surrey attempt to secure their place in Division One for another season.

Ponting had initially been signed as cover for Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, who was ruled out for the season with an ankle problem that required surgery. Ponting, the former Australia batsman, has played in two Championship games, both draws, with Surrey second from bottom in Division One and still looking for their first win after seven matches.

South Africa are scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20s in Sri Lanka between July 20 and August 6, after which Duminy will link up with Surrey. A member of the Champions Trophy squad currently attempting to qualify for the semi-finals, Duminy recently returned to action after six months out with an Achilles injury.

"I am really chuffed to have signed with a great club like Surrey," Duminy said. "After my long lay off I just want to play and Surrey is a great wicket. I love the UK and I really look forward to working with Chris Adams and the rest of the team."

Duminy, who could also be involved in three YB40 matches as well as FLt20 Finals Day, should Surrey qualify, averages 50.79 in first-class cricket and nearly 40 in List A. He has played more than 150 times across all three formats for South Africa and also bowls useful offbreaks in addition to his batting.

Surrey's team director, Chris Adams, said: "I am delighted that JP Duminy has agreed to join Surrey for what will no doubt be an exciting and important period of our season. We are happy to be welcoming him to the club and look forward to him making a big contribution during his time here."