Surrey will include new signing Greg Blewett in their squad for the opening Twenty20 Cup clash against Sussex.
Defending champions Surrey will include new signing Greg Blewett in their squad
for the opening Twenty20 Cup clash against Sussex at Hove. The former Australia
international has signed as a replacement for Pakistan star Azhar Mahmood and
will go straight into the 20-over line-up.
Surrey coach Steve Rixon said: “It's great to have Greg on board. He comes
in at a crucial time for us as we have not had the best of luck with injuries
so his ability to bat and bowl will be very handy for us. He is a top grade player
and will be a great asset to the side.”
Meanwhile, Mahmood is likely to be sidelined for Surrey’s first three
matches in the fledgling competition after complaining of a lower back problem.
It is hoped he will have recovered in time for the club’s London derby
match against Middlesex at Lord’s on July 15. Saqlain Mushtaq is having
surgery on Monday which will rule him out for the remainder of the season. The
surgery will be to repair cartilage and bone damage sustained to his left knee.
Martin Bicknell has injured his right groin and will be out for a minimum of
two weeks, while Jimmy Ormond is set to miss the first two games of the Twenty20
Cup due to problems in both knees. Ian Salisbury will not be fit for any of
the 20-over matches after succumbing to an injured left knee which will require
surgery at the end of the year. Sussex go into the match buoyed by their recent
totesport League victory over Durham.
The Sharks have named a 12-man squad including the in-form Matt Prior, who bagged
a century against the Dynamos. James Kirtley and Mohammad Akram will lead the
bowling attack alongside Robin Martin-Jenkins, while Ian Ward, Murray Goodwin
and skipper Chris Adams form a potent batting line-up.
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