Surrey County Cricket Club have signed South African opening batsman Jacques Rudolph for the start of the 2012 domestic season.
Rudolph, 30, is currently part of the South African Test Match side that recently beat Sri Lanka and is also a proven performer in county cricket having averaged 52.20 over 68 matches for Yorkshire.
The South African will become Surrey’s overseas player for the start of the 2012 campaign, substituting for Indian left arm spinner Murali Kartik, who will arrive after the IPL to play for the remainder of the season.
As well as his proven calibre at domestic level, Rudolph’s 213 first-class appearances will also add great experience to Rory Hamilton-Brown’s youthful Surrey side.
Rudolph has received a No Objection Certificate from Cricket South Africa and will arrive in London in time for Surrey’s opening game of the LV= County Championship Division One against Sussex at the Kia Oval on Thursday April 5th.
Speaking this week, Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said: “Signing a player of Jacques Rudolph’s undoubted capabilities and experience is a great boost to our side at the start of the campaign.
“With such a heavy first-class schedule early in the season it will be a huge advantage to have a world-class opening batsman available to us. I look forward to welcoming Jacques to Surrey in early April.”