Off-spinner Gareth Batty will rejoin Surrey from next season, joining up with current Worcestershire team-mate Steven Davies as Surrey continue to rebuild their squad.
Batty was released from the final year of his contract with Worcestershire and has signed a three-year deal with Surrey, the county he played for from 1998 to 2001 before moving to New Road.
He has played seven Test matches for England, also featuring in ten One-Day Internationals, most recently in the Caribbean earlier this year when he was called up to replace Graeme Swann.
Surrey Cricket Manager Chris Adams told Surrey's official website (www.surreycricket.com): “Getting Gareth on board will certainly bring healthy competition for bowling places within the squad. Having a several options within the spin department is integral to a successful team and I now feel confident that we have a lot of depth there now.”
Batty added, “It’s great to be back at Surrey. Playing at the Brit Oval will help my own game and I really hope that I can play a part in helping Surrey win some trophies again. I still have aspirations to get back playing Test Match cricket for England again and I feel that the move to Surrey will help me do that.”
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