County Championship news June 5, 2009

Harris picks up short-term deal with Surrey

Cricinfo staff

Ryan Harris, the Queensland allrounder, will be able to send reminders to the Australian selectors over the next month after joining Surrey for three County Championship matches. Harris made his ODI debut in January but did not add to the appearance and missed the latter stages of the home season with a foot injury.

While he is unlikely to come into calculations for the Ashes, particularly after missing Australia A selection last week, he can impress ahead of the one-day series that follows the five Tests. "It is great to be joining up with Surrey as I've always loved playing cricket in England," Harris said. "With the Australian domestic season and the IPL, I have played a lot of cricket recently and am very keen to keep getting out there and showing people what I can do."

Harris replaces New Zealand's Grant Elliott and will play against Glamorgan in a four-day game on Saturday. "We have a very taxing stretch of matches coming up and bringing someone like Ryan into the squad will give everyone a boost," Surrey's Chris Adams said. "His pace, aggression and all-round capabilities mean that he will be a welcome addition to our squad for the upcoming games."

Harris was part of the successful Deccan Chargers squad in the IPL but missed a spot in Australia's Twenty20 outfit. Last year he joined Sussex and was let go after one match following his incorrect signing as an England-qualified player.