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Amla recorded a career-best 311 during the last Test he played in Surrey
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has signed a deal with English county side Surrey, which will see him represent them for their last six championship matches.
Amla will replace his South African team-mate Jean Paul (JP) Duminy, who is set to travel to India to represent the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
“The Oval holds a lot of fond memories for me personally,” Amla said. “I look forward to returning there this year and hopefully enjoying similar success.”
Former England captain Alec Stewart, who is now the director of cricket at Surrey, noted that Amla would be a huge asset to the team, especially since they are struggling to avoid getting relegated to Division two.
“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,” Stewart said. “The dressing room was very, very happy.
“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.”