Franklyn Rose signs for Surrey

Franklyn Rose, the former West Indian fast bowler, has joined Surrey for the rest of the season, as a replacement for Saqlain Mushtaq, who has been called up by Pakistan.

Rose, 31, has played 19 Tests and 27 ODIs for West Indies, and toured England in 2000. He will spearhead the Surrey attack in their push for their fourth County Championship title in five years - going into the latest round of matches Surrey were only one point in front of Sussex, who had a game in hand.

Keith Medlycott, Surrey's manager, said: "Signing Franklyn on a short-term contract was very important to the club. He will bring some invaluable experience and quality to our bowling attack for our crucial remaining matches. We are delighted that we have been able to get him registered in time for our match against Kent today. He will be a major boost in our bid to win both the Frizzell County Championship and National Cricket League."