De Bruyn set for short county stint with Surrey

Proteas batsman Theunis de Bruyn has agreed to join Surrey as their overseas professional for their upcoming County Championship matches against Somerset and Yorkshire.

The 25-year-old batsman, who has five Test caps, will join the squad before the 80th annual Guildford Festival against Somerset on Wednesday 20th June and remain with the team for the trip to Scarborough the following week.

Following his spell with Surrey, de Bruyn will join up with the rest of the South Africa Test squad ahead of the two-match series with Sri Lanka beginning on 12 July.

De Bruyn, a middle order batsman and right arm seam option, made his Test debut for South Africa against New Zealand in March 2017 before joining his country’s tour of England later that summer and then facing Australia earlier this year.

He also has made two T20I appearances; both against Sri Lanka in January 2017.

Having represented Northerns, Knights and Titans in South Africa, de Bruyn averages 46.27 with the bat in first-class cricket having hit 3702 runs across 88 innings. His career-best score of 202 not out came for South Africa A against England Lions in 2015.

De Bruyn said: “I am delighted to be joining Surrey, a club with rich history, for the next two Championship matches. It has always been one of my ambitions to play county cricket.”

Director of Cricket Alec Stewart added: “We’re very pleased Theunis is available join us for our games at Guildford and Scarborough.

“With Jason Roy and Tom Curran involved in the current One Day series against Australia and Ben Foakes and Sam Curran representing the England Lions, Theunis will provide vital reinforcement for our next two Specsavers County Championship matches.”