Team Director Chris Adams has named a thirteen man squad for the LV=County Championship match against Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG starting on Tuesday.
Stuart Meaker is unavailable for the match having joined the England Lions for their two games against Australia A. Matthew Spriegel returns to the squad having played against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge last month.
Surrey currently occupy seventh place in the table and go into the match off the back of a hard fought draw against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Durham prop up the table but enjoyed their first Championship win of the season in their last match against Middlesex.
Chris Adams commented: “We are under no illusion how important this game is in the context of out Championship season. Our last two performances in the Championship have shown the character and fight we have in the side and the performances of our younger players have been outstanding.
This is a very young and exciting squad with a large number of players that have come through the Surrey system. Zafar Ansari, Arun Harinath, Jason Roy and Rory Burns all showed their talent and character at Edgbaston guiding us to safety against a high class bowling attack.
Matthew Spriegel deserves his place in the squad and he showed his quality in our most recent CB40 game. And we have a fit and firing Jade Dernbach at our disposal and that is a real boost to our bowling line up because we all know the qualities Jade posseses.
Durham is a tough place to go and their confidence will have grown after their narrow victory against Middlesex. This is a challenge we are looking to take head on and we are really looking forward to the battle that lies ahead.
It was excellent to have Rory Hamilton-Brown back in the team for our most recent CB40 game but he is not quite ready yet for Championship cricket. He will play for the Second XI and continue to train this week ahead of our next CB40 game against Durham on Saturday.”
The Surrey squad for the LV=County Championship match against Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG on Tuesday 7th August, Wednesday 8th August, Thursday 9th August and Friday 10th August:Gareth Batty (capt) Rory Burns Zafar Ansari Arun Harinath Steven Davies Jason Roy Zander de Bruyn Matthew Spriegel Murali Kartik Chris Jordan Jon Lewis Tim Linley Jade Dernbach
Ball by ball commentary on the whole of the game is available through the Official Surrey website courtesy of BBC London.
A match report on each day of the game will be available after the close of play and highlights of each day will be available the following morning on Surrey TV and the Surrey Cricket Vimeo page. And there will be regular updates on the Official Surrey cricket Twitter feed.
Chris Adams spoke to Surrey TV ahead of the game against Durham. To hear his thoughts watch the video below