Victorian Daniel Worrall has decided to take an opportunity to play county cricket in England, signing with the Surrey County Cricket Club on a three-year contract from 2022.
After completing his commitments with South Australia in the Sheffield Shield in 2021, Worrall will be giving up his spot as a local player with the Redbacks, where he debuted in 2012.
As a British passport holder, the 30-year-old won’t be taking away an overseas player spot on a Surrey list looking to add further depth to its bowling stocks next season across all competitions.
The dominant right-arm fast bowler said he was happy to sign with Surrey and was looking forward to providing crucial support for the club.
“A professional ambition I have always held is to test myself as a cricketer in the UK, complimenting my personal desire to live internationally,” Worrall said.
“Surrey CCC has extended an offer for me to play as a UK local player once my contract finishes in Adelaide at the end of the coming season. I have proudly accepted and am honoured to play for the most prestigious club in the UK.
“I eagerly look forward to contributing to an already outstanding club history and fulfil my ambitions as an English cricketer in the second phase of my career.”
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Alec Stewart, Surrey CCC Director of Cricket said Worrall was a welcome addition to the club.
“I’d like to welcome Dan to Surrey CCC. He is a high-quality bowler with a wealth of experience in Sheffield Shield, Big Bash, and County cricket to draw on,” Stewart said.
“With no Rikki Clarke or Jade Dernbach with us next year, the need to add to our pool of fast bowling options to play for the club over the course of our punishing six-month season was crucial and Dan will add significant experience and expertise to the group we already have in place.”
The seamer, originally hailing from the Melbourne Cricket Club made his international One-Day International debut for Australia in 2016 and played three matches at that level against Ireland and South Africa.
He was a part of South Australia’s runners-up Sheffield Shield seasons in 2015/16 and 2016/17, including a haul of 6/96 in the 2015/16 final loss to Victoria in a season where he took a total of 44 wickets in nine games.
Throughout the past year, he has been with county side Gloucestershire, adding to a 2018 season, that was hampered by a foot fracture, at the same club.
Worrall will leave Gloucestershire where he’s taken 53 County Championship wickets at an average of 22.53 at the end of the 2021 Royal London Cup group stages.
In 58 first-class matches, Worrall has taken 222 wickets and an average of 27.33, and an economy rate of 3.01. He has played 3 ODI’s for Australia back in 2016.
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