Surrey have signed New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott as their overseas player for the first part of the 2009 season.
Elliott was playing club cricket in Surrey last summer when he was given a call-up to the national side for the One Day International series against England and since then he has cemented his place in the side, scoring a maiden ODI century for the Black Caps against Australia in Sydney.
29-year-old Elliott, born in South Africa, has also played three Tests for New Zealand and has scored over 2,000 first-class runs and more than 1800 One Day runs - his current ODI average is a stunning 52.62.
Elliott is expected to join up with Surrey in late April, staying until the end of May, meaning he will be available for eight Friends Provident Trophy matches, two Championship games and five Twenty20 Cup games.
Surrey Cricket Manager Chris Adams told the club's website (www.surreycricket.com): “Grant has proven that he is a top class all-rounder at the highest level and having someone of his ability around will definitely strengthen us, especially in one day cricket where we have not been as successful in recent times. Every competition is important to us and Grant’s inclusion will help balance out our squad which will give us additional options when it comes to selection.”
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