County news August 14, 2013

Hashim Amla signs with Surrey

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hashim Amla's romance with The Oval is set to continue after Surrey announced the signing of the South Africa batsman for the final six championship games. Amla replaces his national team-mate JP Duminy, who will be involved in the Champions League T20 in India in September.

"The Oval holds a lot of fond memories for me personally," said Amla, whose last Test outing there was an unbeaten 311 against England in 2012, "I look forward to returning there this year and hopefully enjoying similar success."

Alec Stewart, director of cricket at Surrey said Amla's experience, playing Test cricket and for Essex over the years, would help him get into his stride quickly. "You want continuity and because Duminy wasn't available for all six [matches], I made the decision that I wanted someone available for six [matches] and when I found out that Amla was very much available it was a no-brainer, really."

Amla is the fourth South African to be linked with Surrey this year, with Graeme Smith drafted in to lead the side and an informal query made to Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford, during the Champions Trophy, if he would be interested in taking over as coach following the departure of Chris Adams.

"The dressing room was very, very happy," Stewart said "We've had two high-class batters already in Smith and in Ponting and now we've got a third one. But we can't just rely on the one man, we've got to make sure the whole team performs so that we get some wins on the board"

Amla will make his Surrey debut on August 22 against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

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  • Justin on August 19, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Why did Ponting not see the season out?

  • Nigel on August 15, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Without question the best batsman in the world today, and he may well keep Surrey in Division One (just look at the contribution he made to Notts title win in 2010, despite only playing 4 games in April/May)

    If I were a Durham supporter however, I'd be very interested to see the Surrey balance sheet, given that Durham were docked points for exceeding their salary cap and Surrey have signed Smith, Ponting and Amla, together with a whole bunch of seasoned English professionals. How about investigating it Cricinfo?

  • Adrian on August 15, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Potentially a fantastic signing and it'll certainly make headlines, but our problem this season has been bowling sides out, which is why we haven't been winning games and are in trouble again this season. I can't help but feel this won't help our predicament as much as if we'd signed say Vernon Philander or whoever the bowling equivalent to Hashim Amla is.

  • GeoffreysMother on August 15, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    A great short term signing but a bad long term one. Surrey with its plethora imported old men and overseas stars really need to get relegated and (being a populous and wealthy county ) then build its team around a core of young academy players and a few wise guides. In this context the odd grey beard like Ponting and Batty are enormously valuable. Lets not forget that much of last years exciting young team Maynard, Hamilton Brown, Tremlett and Davies were all developed by other counties and then pinched by Surrey.

  • Black on August 15, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    @gimme-a-greentop. you did not get my point. amla is a class player for all formats. but he always failed in a must win game under pressure. saf needs some match finisher. hardly any player in saf for one day, can do this. they always fail in big tournament.

  • Kendal on August 15, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    @ you do know his one-day average is 54 or so right? At a strike right of over 90. The only people deceived were the SA selectors who took an age to put him in the one day team.

  • Black on August 15, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    if you guys consider him for test, then he is perfect. but for one day and must win game, amla will always deceive you.

  • $$ milind on August 15, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Hashim Amla arguably the best batsman playing in any conditions. Surrey boys are lucky to have such stars come into the dressing room.

  • Matthew on August 14, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    What a great job Surrey are doing for the good of english cricket. Onto overseas player no.4 and still not a single championship win to show for it!

  • Android on August 14, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    perfect signing