Chris Morris has followed his big money Indian Premier League (IPL) deal with an English NatWest T20 Blast contract with Surrey.
Surrey are shouting their intentions from the rooftops ahead of the season, adding the signature of Morris to those of new head coach Michael Di Venuto and players Aaron Finch, Kumar Sangakkara and Dwayne Bravo.
Morris is set to arrive at The Oval in July to replace Bravo, who misses the last six T20 matches as he plays in the Caribbean Premier League.
“I am delighted to have signed for Surrey to play T20 this year,” Morris said. “Playing county cricket has always been a big ambition of mine and I am delighted to be playing at the Kia Oval. I look forward to joining up with the boys in July and I hope to contribute towards a successful season for the county.”
Morris made his Test debut against England in January before drawing a fee in excess of $1million in the IPL auction.
He then made match-winning contributions of 62 in 38 balls as South Africa came back from 2-0 down to take the five-match ODI series against England. He also hit the winning runs in the first T20 match in Cape Town.
Alec Stewart, Surrey’s director of cricket, added: “Chris is an exciting three dimensional cricketer with bat, ball and in the field and has shown his match winning abilities in the recent South Africa v England 50 over and T20 series. He will give us a number of very good options when he joins us in July and everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming him this summer.”