South Africa international Theunis de Bruyn has joined Surrey as overseas player for the upcoming County Championship matches against Somerset and Yorkshire.
The 25-year-old right-hander, who has five Test caps, bats number three for the Bloemfontein-based Knights in South African domestic cricket. In last winter’s Sunfoil Series (South Africa’s equivalent of the County Championship) he scored 568 runs at an average of 81.14.
De Bruyn said: “I am delighted to be joining Surrey, a club with rich history, for the next two championship matches. It has always been one of my ambitions to play county cricket.”
Director of cricket, Alec Stewart added: “We’re very pleased Theunis is available join us for our games at Guildford and Scarborough.
“With Jason Roy and Tom Curran involved in the current one-day series against Australia and Ben Foakes and Sam Curran representing the England Lions, Theunis will provide vital reinforcement for our next two County Championship matches.”
Following his spell with Surrey, de Bruyn will join up with the rest of the South Africa Test squad ahead of their two-match Test series with Sri Lanka beginning on July 12.
BY MARCUS HOOK