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."

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  • Michael on June 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    He is a fair signing for Surrey and the move should benefit both. re remarks a bout Jordan's move to Sussex I think there was no danger of Jordan doing anything and the move illustrates a chemistry between club and player. It is not a moral judgement on a player or a club.

  • ian on June 11, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Another signing to ward off relegation! Another roll of the dice; it's the only strategy Surrey seem to have these days & it makes me exactly positioned between sad & mad (in the deeply angry sense). The AGM should be incendiary. I should make it clear that I have nothing but admiration for Duminy; he's fine professional & may, just may, pull Surrey's chestnuts out of the fire. But that won't mask the underlying malaise. No wonder the match-winning Chris Jordan went off to Sussex; he obviously wasn't old enough to be in the team. BTW, has it struck anyone else that Solanki, Keedy, Lewis, de Bruyn are near contemporaries of Chris Adams? I'm prepared to bet that he played against them all when they were, indeed, formidable players. The trouble is they (all great guys, I know) are all well past their sell by -- but Surrey bought 'em!

  • Cyril on June 11, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Let's hope he was given a proper medical. Coming off a big injury it is essential that he plays every match.

    Graeme Smith was given a massive contract, but surely carrying a serious ankle injury he must have failed his medical. Whoever sanctioned that deal has some questions to answer. But save that for the AGM.

    Duminy looks like a good signing, Surrey are such a poor fielding side and he will at least improve that. He should have the motivation to score big runs and force his way back into the South Africa Test squad.

    Looks like he'll slot in at 4 so it'll be Burns, Harinath, Solanki, Duminy, de Bruyn, Davies, Roy/Ansari/Wilson, Batty (c) and only the devil Adams knows his bowlers.

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