It’s a new year and there’s lots to be excited about for Surrey & The Kia Oval this year. Before then though, our players are busy overseas this January.
With a full County Championship programme and Surrey looking to build on last year’s run to the Vitality Blast final, our men’s team will be going hard in 2021.
Our women’s side went unbeaten in competitive cricket in 2020, how will they fare this year?
That’s all to come from April onwards but until that point, we’ll have to be content with seeing Surrey players shining in other kits around the world. Here we take a look at what’s coming up in January.
England in Sri Lanka
England’s men’s Test squad fly out to Sri Lanka on 2nd January ahead of the two-match series in Galle.
From a Surrey point of view, Sam Curran & Ben Foakes will be part of the playing squad while Amar Virdi is in reserve and ready to soak up the touring experience.
Ollie Pope will also be on the plane with a plan to complete his rehab ahead of next month’s trip to India.
Club captain Rory Burns won’t be in Sri Lanka in order to stay with his wife for the birth of their first child.
14–18 January 2021, Sri Lanka v England, Galle International Stadium, Galle
22–26 January 2021, Sri Lanka v England, Galle International Stadium, Galle
Big Bash League
Will Jacks has been in action for Hobart Hurricanes since the start of the competition and will now be joined in the tournament by Jason Roy who has completed his period of quarantine upon arrival from South Africa and is eligible for Perth Scorchers.
The bulk of the tournament remaining will be completed this month before a challenger match on 4th February and final on 6th February. All matches are live for UK viewers on BT Sport.
Saturday, January 2: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Stars (Blundstone Arena)
Sunday, January 3: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Renegades (Optus Stadium)
Monday, January 4: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes (Blundstone Arena)
Wednesday, January 6: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers (Optus Stadium)
Thursday, January 7: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder (Optus Stadium)
Saturday, January 9: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder (Optus Stadium)
Tuesday, January 12: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes (Optus Stadium)
Saturday, January 16: Sydney Sixers v Perth Scorchers (SCG)
Monday, January 18: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes (Sydney Showground)
Tuesday, January 19: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat (Marvel Stadium, Docklands)
Friday, January 22: Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers (Marvel Stadium, Docklands)
Sunday, January 24: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes (SCG)
Tuesday, January 26: Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers (SCG), Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes (MCG)
Friday, January 29: Eliminator (TBC)
Saturday, January 30: Qualifier (TBC)
Sunday, January 31: Knockout (TBC)
Training ramps up
Surrey players not overseas right now will be coming back to The Kia Oval in much stronger numbers in the new year as the 2021 season draws ever nearer.
We’ll bring you updates from their training, whether fitness or skills based, with the 8th April opening day of the County Championship at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts.
Away from training, players are continuing their individual projects including Rikki Clarke’s coaching academy.
Australian grade cricket
Left arm seamer Sean Hunt is at West Torrens CC in Adelaide and has been since the start of the British winter. You can keep up to date with his progress here.
The Kia Oval continues to grow
It’s not far off now! Construction work on the new development at the Pavilion End of The Kia Oval has continued apace throughout the last year and should be ready in April 2021.
We’ll bring you photos and videos from the area, showing it take shape over the coming months. As well as world class events spaces, this area will provide even more incredible Members facilities.