Surrey sign JP Duminy for last few weeks of county season

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Duminy will replace Ponting

English county side Surrey have announced the signing of South African all-rounder JP Duminy for the last few weeks of the county season.

Duminy will replace former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who signed a two-month contract, and will be available to represent the county side in six fixtures as they attempt to avoid being relegated to Division two.

Ponting was called in as a replacement for Surrey captain Graeme Smith, who has been ruled out of action for the next six months after undergoing a surgical procedure on his troublesome ankle.

Duminy will join Surrey after South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka from July 20 to August 6, which will consist of five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.

“I am really chuffed to have signed with a great club like Surrey,” Duminy said. “After my long lay off I just want to play and Surrey is a great wicket. I love the UK and I really look forward to working with Chris Adams and the rest of the team.”

Duminy has an impressive domestic résumé, boasting averages of 50.79 in first-class matches and nearly 40 in List A matches.

Speaking about Duminy’s signing, Surrey’s team director, Chris Adams, said: “I am delighted that JP Duminy has agreed to join Surrey for what will no doubt be an exciting and important period of our season. We are happy to be welcoming him to the club and look forward to him making a big contribution during his time here.”

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