Young South African batsman, Theunis de Bruyn has penned a deal to feature for Surrey in the club’s games in the first division of the County Championship.

As a result, de Bruyn will play against Somerset and Yorkshire before joining the South Africa squad.

South Africa will play against the Islanders across all the formats starting from July 12. The young batsman hopes to stake his claim for a middle-order spot vacated by the retired AB de Villiers.

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,” de Bruyn said.

The Proteas will play two Tests against Sri Lanka in the subcontinent before their home season. Temba Bavuma, meanwhile, is currently a front-runner to take over from de Villiers.

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Jake Ball extends Nottinghamshire contract

England seamer, Jake Ball has extended his Nottinghamshire contract until the end of the 2021 season.

The 27-year old, who has played four Tests and 17 ODIs for England, and has taken 27 wickets in the County Championship season and 14 more in the One-Day Cup, which led to his national team recall for the ongoing series against Australia.

Being Notts born and bred, I’m delighted to sign up to my home county for three more years,” said Ball. “It was fantastic to be involved in the success we had last year and I hope we can have more as a club in the seasons to come,” he added.

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Rayner agrees on the loan deal with Hampshire

Middlesex off-spinner, Ollie Rayner has signed a one-month loan deal with to ease their spin crisis.

Hampshire had already lost Mason Crane to a back injury while offie Brad Taylor is carrying an ankle injury. The left-arm spinner, Liam Dawson will also miss games after getting a call from England Lions side.

Rayner, who took 50 wickets in Middlesex’s championship-winning season of 2016, is likely to feature for the next two games. Hampshire are seventh in the Division One standings and face very realistic relegation threats.

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