Nannes back at Surrey for Twenty20

Dirk Nannes at the MCG Getty Images

Dirk Nannes, the Australia fast bowler, will return to Surrey for their Friends Life t20 campaign this season. Nannes, who is the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket, will join Murali Kartik as the overseas players at The Oval.

Nannes, a Twenty20 Cup winner alongside Kartik with Middlesex in 2008, took 19 wickets at 20.05 for Surrey in the Friends Life t20 in 2011. Altogether, he has taken 169 T20 wickets, earning caps for both Netherlands and Australia.

"As we saw last season in the shortest form of the game, Dirk is still one of the most consistently dangerous and economical bowlers on the world scene," Surrey team director Chris Adams said. "He did a fantastic job for us and I can speak for the whole club when I say we are delighted to welcome him back for another spell."

Nannes, who is based in the UK, will be contracted for Surrey's ten group games in the Friends Life t20 South Division, with a provision to stay on for the knockout stages if the county qualifies.