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Hashim Amla signs with Surrey

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August 14, 2013

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Hashim Amla was on 99 at stumps, Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, 2nd day, Perth, December 1, 2012
Hashim Amla will debut for Surrey on August 22 against Durham © Getty Images
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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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Posted by Green_and_Gold on (August 19, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Why did Ponting not see the season out?

Posted by Supersax 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?

Posted by o-bomb 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by black_bird 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.

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (August 15, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

@ black_bird...eh? 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.

Posted by black_bird 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.

Posted by class9ryan 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.

Posted by yorkshirematt 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!

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