Abbott joins County powerhouse for 2021 season
London is calling for the star allrounder who will call The Oval home this northern summer
7 April 2021, 09:11 AM AEST
Australian T20 allrounder Sean Abbott has signed for Surrey in the County Championship and T20 Blast where he will replace West Indian Kemar Roach.
The 29-year-old New South Welshman, who has two ODI caps for Australia and also made seven T20 appearances for his country, will link up with the Surrey squad in time for the championship visit of Gloucestershire to The Oval, starting on May 27.
He will also be available for their final two games against Hampshire and Somerset, along with the entire Blast season.
Abbott, who played a big part of the Sydney Sixers sides that won the last two editions of the KFC BBL, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining Surrey, one of the biggest counties in England.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to go over and play. I've had the pleasure of playing with a few of the Surrey guys who played at the Sydney Sixers who have done very well.
"Obviously I'm keen to pull on the Surrey colours and be involved in the set-up over there, and continue to learn and get better as a cricketer, whilst hoping to help Surrey win the Vitality Blast and the County Championship."
Abbott has enjoyed a successful 2020-21 campaign on home soil.
The right-armer played against India in one-day and T20 cricket last December before travelling with Australia's Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series.
He then helped the Sixers claim back-to-back BBL titles and has been a standout player for the Blues in the Marsh Sheffield Shield.
In seven Shield matches, Abbott claimed 17 wickets and scored 525 runs, passing 50 six times while scoring his maiden first-class century.
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