Surrey signs world's top batsman Amla

Surey signs top-ranked batsman Hashim Amla for remainder of county season

Surrey signs world's top batsman Amla

LONDON (AP) -- County side Surrey says it has signed top-ranked test and one-day international batsman Hashim Amla for the remainder of the English season.

Surrey says Amla will be available for the team's six remaining games in the County Championship and will make his debut against Durham on Aug. 22.

The South African joins his compatriot and test captain Graeme Smith, who signed for Surrey this year.

In a statement released by Surrey on Wednesday, Amla said he was looking forward to returning to the London-based team's home ground, The Oval, where he hit a South African test-record 311 not out against England last year.

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said the 30-year-old Amla, who averages over 52 in test cricket with 19 centuries, was "unquestionably a world-class batsman."

Updated : 2021-04-15 05:15 GMT+08:00