Surrey sign Finch as Sangakkara replacement


Australia international Aaron Finch has signed a deal to play for English county side Surrey from the beginning of July until the start of August.

The 29 year-old Finch, who is a regular in Australia's limited-overs teams but is uncapped at Test level, will replace Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, who will play in the Caribbean Premier League at the time.

The hard-hitting Australia batsman has played in 54 ODIs and 24 T20Is for the Aussies and will be available to the county in all three formats of the game.

Finch said: "This is a great opportunity for me and one I am very much looking forward to. To have the chance to play all forms of the game is a challenge I will relish, as I have ambitions to represent Australia in Test match cricket.

"I'm aware that Surrey have an exciting young squad and I hope I am able to add to their obvious talent."

Surrey's director of cricket, Alec Stewart, said: "Securing a player of Aaron's quality for such a busy period of red and white ball cricket is excellent news for the club and I'm confident we will see his qualities in all formats of the game."