County news August 27, 2009

Gareth Batty returns to Surrey

Cricinfo staff

Offspinner Gareth Batty has rejoined Surrey from Worcestershire, signing a three-year contract from next season having left the county in 2001.

The addition of Batty will strengthen Surrey's spin attack, adding to Chris Schofield and Simon King who are already in the squad.

"Getting Gareth on board will certainly bring healthy competition for bowling places within the squad," said Chris Adams, the Surrey manager. "Having several options within the spin department is integral to a successful team and I now feel confident that we have a lot of depth there now."

Batty, 31, already had a stint at The Oval from 1998 to 2001, but moved to New Road where he has taken 318 wickets with an average of 33.37 and hopes the move will boost his international chances.

"I still have aspirations to get back playing Tests for England again and I feel that the move to Surrey will help me do that," he said

Batty has played seven Tests for England having made his debut against Bangladesh in 2003 and was part of the one-day squad that toured the Caribbean earlier this year.