<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Hashim Amla to play for Surrey in county cricket" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130518124533.jpg" title="Hashim Amla to play for Surrey in county cricket" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Hashim Amla currently leads the batting rankings in both Tests and One-Day Internationals © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Aug 14, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> batting star <a href="/tags/Hashim-Amla/post" target="_blank">Hashim Amla</a> on Wednesday replaced compatriot <a href="/tags/JP-Duminy/post" target="_blank">JP Duminy</a> in English County side <a href="/tags/Surrey/post" target="_blank">Surrey </a>till the end of the current season.<br /> <br /> The 30-year-old batsman will play his first match against Durham on August 22 and will be available for Surrey’s remaining six matches.<br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p> Thanks for the msg's everyone. Lookin forward to playin with <a href="https://twitter.com/surreycricket">@surreycricket</a> for a few weeks.</p> — hashim amla (@amlahash) <a href="https://twitter.com/amlahash/statuses/367642109257736192">August 14, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><br /> Duminy will be playing for the <a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) side <a href="/tags/Sunrisers-Hyderabad/post" target="_blank">Sunrisers Hyderabad</a> in the Champions League 2013 tournament, which means he will not be available, reports the <em>BBC</em>.<br /> <br /> Amla has previously played for County sides Essex and Nottinghamshire. The right-handed batsman currently leads the <a href="/tags/ICC/post" target="_blank">International Cricket Council</a> (ICC) batting rankings in both Test cricket and One-Day Internationals.<br /> <br /> Amla was quoted as saying by <em>Mercury</em>, "It is a great pleasure and honour to have been asked by Alec Stewart to play for Surrey County Cricket Club. The Kia Oval holds a lot of fond memories for me personally. I look forward to returning there this year and hopefully enjoying similar success."<br /> <br /> Surrey are facing the danger of being relegated from Division One of the County Championship.<br /> <br /> Director of cricket at Surrey, Alec Stewart said, "I'm very pleased to have secured the services of Hashim Amla, unquestionably a world-class batsman, for the last six games in the LV County Championship."<br /> <br /> "I would like to thank Hashim and Cricket South Africa for the excellent communication and professional manner which has enabled us to complete this deal," he added.