Cameron Steel has signed a two-year contract with Surrey County Cricket Club, seeing him move to The Kia Oval until the end of the 2023 season.
The leg spinning all-rounder will join the Club on loan for the remainder of the 2021 season. He will be available for Surrey’s Royal London Cup campaign, starting against Yorkshire in Scarborough on 22 July.
25-year-old Steel has played 41 first-class matches, 11 List A games and 6 T20s in his professional career.
After playing for Durham MCCU in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the California-born man signed professional terms with Durham in 2017. In his first season he became the youngest double-centurion in Durham history, scoring 224 against Leicestershire.
In 2018, he hit 160 against a high quality Sussex attack including Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan & Ollie Robinson in a match in which no other batsman scored more than 47.
He has also spent three of the last four Australian summers in grade cricket in Perth with Claremont Nedlands Cricket Club, where he took 41 wickets during the 2020/21 season.
He has enjoyed two excellent performances against Surrey’s Second XI this season, scoring 134 for Hampshire’s in a four-day friendly in April and taking 4/20 in a T20 at The Kia Oval in June.
On signing for Surrey, Steel said: “I’m ecstatic to be joining Surrey, and honoured to have the opportunity to play at a club with such a rich history.
“Ever since watching England lift the Ashes in 2005, I’ve dreamt of being able to play at the Oval. I can’t wait to meet everyone, get stuck in and contribute in any way I can to the club’s success.”
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart said: “I’m pleased that Cameron will join us at Surrey. As a player that can bat anywhere in the top order and bowls leg spin, he adds balance to the squad. I look forward to seeing him perform in a Surrey shirt over the coming years.”