Surrey have signed Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds to play Twenty20 cricket as their second overseas player in the 2010 season.
Symonds, out of the international reckoning following a number of indiscretions, remains one of the world's most destructive all-rounders, playing for Queensland and the Deccan Chargers in Twenty20 cricket and he has previously represented Gloucestershire, Kent, and Lancashire in county cricket.
He has a Twenty20 International strike-rate of 156.79, and he has scored 337 runs in 14 appearances for Australia.
Surrey Professional Cricket Manager Chris Adams told the club's official website (www.britoval.com): “Signing a player with the unique abilities of Andrew Symonds will add a huge ‘X Factor’ to our squad in the Friends Provident t20.
“I have watched him take apart some of the best bowlers in the world and am hugely excited to see him exhibit his skills in front of packed houses around the country.”
Symonds, who is currently in India with the Chargers, added: “I have always enjoyed playing in England and I am really looking forward to playing with the Surrey Lions. I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to play this exciting form of tournament cricket in so many different regions and I am sure the English crowds will make the Friends Provident t20 competition one of the best.”
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