Surrey sign Dean Elgar as Mitchell Marsh replacement

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Surrey have signed South Africa’s Test opener Dean Elgar as an overseas replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh in April and May.

Australia all-rounder Marsh is ruled out for at least the start of the county campaign due to an ankle injury that requires surgery.

Elgar will therefore join Surrey ahead of their County Championship opener against Hampshire next Friday.

The batsman, who has amassed 3,194 runs with 11 centuries at an average of 42.58 in 49 Tests for the Proteas, will be absent for the four-day clash against Worcestershire next month due to a prearranged commitment.

But the 30-year-old will be in contention for Surrey’s three other fixtures in the championship and five in the One-Day Cup before the start of June.

Elgar, who had a stint at Surrey three years ago, said on the county’s official website: “I am really grateful for the opportunity to be back at Surrey for the start of the summer.

“I hope to contribute for the period I am at the club, on and off the field, and I’m looking forward to seeing all involved at the great club again.”

Director of cricket Alec Stewart added: “Given the news that Mitch Marsh will need ankle surgery, to be able to bring someone of Dean’s calibre to the club, at such short notice, for the first period of the season is a real bonus.

“We know Dean well after his time with us in 2015 and his international quality and experience will be a real asset.”

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Matt Renshaw replaces ball-tamperer Cameron Bancroft once again - this time for Somerset

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Matt Renshaw (l) after being dismissed against South Africa.

Somerset have signed Australia opener Matt Renshaw as a replacement for his international team-mate Cameron Bancroft.

The county announced at the end of last month that Bancroft would not be joining as an overseas player following his role in the ball-tampering scandal during Australia’s Test series in South Africa.

Renshaw replaced Bancroft for the final Test at Johannesburg and he has now agreed a deal to start the Specsavers County Championship campaign with Somerset.

The 22-year-old is in contention to face Worcestershire in Somerset’s opener next week and will remain with the county until June 30 before returning on August 19 to see out the season at Taunton.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play alongside some very experienced players and the exciting young talent that is coming through at Taunton,” said Yorkshire-born Renshaw.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and I understand that I will be following in the footsteps of some outstanding Australian batsmen.

“It will be a new challenge for me but it’s one that I’m really looking forward to.”

The Queensland batsman has played 11 Tests for Australia, averaging 33.47 with a highest score of 184 against Pakistan.

An emotional Cameron Bancroft (l) asked for forgiveness about his part in ball-tampering scandal.

An emotional Cameron Bancroft (l) asked for forgiveness about his part in ball-tampering scandal.

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: “It has been important for us to act swiftly, but to remain pragmatic in identifying the best fit for our needs and I am delighted that we have signed Matt.

“Coming to us off the back of a title-winning Sheffield Shield season and having made a number of significant contributions with the bat, including three hundreds in the last five games, he will be arriving with us with a huge amount of confidence.

“He is a player who is highly driven to succeed and has demonstrated the ability to bat for long periods of time, but he also has the ability to move through the gears.

“He is a player of quality, is on an upward trajectory and we feel that he will certainly flourish in our environment.”

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UAE batsman Chirag Suri one success story from Red Bull Campus Cricket

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Chirag Suri: Red Bull's cricket star

Dubai’s Chirag Suri has already proved dreams can come true at the Red Bull Campus Cricket finals after his performances helped catch the eye of IPL’s Gujarat Lions.

The UAE batsman has played in three editions of the Red Bull Campus Cricket – an important stepping stone on his wat to featuring in the globe’s premier Twenty20 tournament last year.

Speaking exclusively to Sport 360 ahead of Thursday’s qualifiers, Suri admits it’s been a dream of his to play in the professional game. “It’s been a real journey,” he said. “I’ve been in the UAE for about 14 years and when I arrived here from India I was already passionate about cricket, and I’ve been able to work my way up to the UAE senior team and also break into the IPL”.

“I’ve been able to do it through hard work, you never know what to expect when you’re looking to become a cricketer, it’s not a normal job, you don’t move up the ranks by being a manager then CEO, it’s something that has to happen naturally. I’ve had some ups and downs but I’ve been lucky enough to have more ups than downs so it’s been good to me so far”.

Suri was just six years old when his father introduced him to the game, which even at a young age, he knew he wanted to make his full-time career. He believes his success was helped immensely by playing in a tournament, which supports amateur cricket at a high level. “Red Bull Campus Cricket is a very good platform for kids because there is very few tournaments which support cricket in the UAE, especially at such a high level. What the tournament does is allow you to get great experience playing abroad as we’ve played in finals in India and Sri Lanka”.

He continued, “A lot of people follow their passion without ever being able to make it a full-time job so I’m very thankful that now I’m playing in the IPL I can say I’m doing it full-time. It’s a very proud feeling for me”.

Representing current champions Heriot Watt University; Suri has been able to adapt his game from an amateur into a professional by working on his decision-making. “As a cricketer you can hit a cut shot, a drive or a six anytime you want, you’ve got to choose the right shot at the right time”, he’s learned. “You have to be confident and back yourself with your decisions; you have to practise hard enough to know that you can do it in a game situation. The more you practise each different shot the easier it’ll become, so when faced with a match situation you’ll just do it naturally in a game without thinking”.

Universities competing in Red Bull Campus Cricket:

Heriot-Watt University
American University of Sharjah
Birla institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS PILANI)
Amity University
Manipal University
Skyline University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Emirates Aviation College
University of Wollongong
Middlesex University

Qualifiers: April 12th
Quarter-finals: April 13th
Semi-finals & Finals: April 14th
Location: Eden Gardens Ajman

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