County side Surrey has signed top-ranked test and one-day international batsman Hashim Amla for the remainder of the English season after his fellow South African JP Duminy couldn't take up a short-term contract. Surrey said Amla would be available for the team's six remaining games in the County Championship and will make his debut against Durham on Aug. 22. Amla joined compatriot and South Africa test captain Graeme Smith, who signed for Surrey this year. Left-handed batsman Duminy had initially agreed to play for Surrey for two months, but had to back out because of commitments to Indian team Hyderabad Sunrisers in the Champions League Twenty20 in September.
In a statement released by Surrey, Amla said he was looking forward to returning to the London-based team's home ground, The Oval, where he hit a South African test-record 311 not out against England last year. Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said the 30-year-old Amla, who averages over 52 in test cricket with 19 centuries, was "unquestionably a world-class batsman."