Daniel Worrall signs three-year deal with Surrey

Daniel Worrall of Gloucestershire goes up in appeal Getty Images

Daniel Worrall, the 30-year-old Australian quick who played three ODIs in 2016, has signed a three-year contract to play with Surrey. He will join the English county at the start of the 2022 season after wrapping up his Sheffield Shield commitments with South Australia. Worrall, who has been playing for Gloucestershire in the ongoing county season, is a British passport holder, and will thus not have to play at Surrey as an overseas player.

"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 in a statement released by Surrey. "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."

By signing with Surrey, Worrall will give up his role as a local player for South Australia.

"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," Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said. "With no Rikki Clarke [retiring at the end of this season] or Jade Dernbach [leaving the club after 19 seasons with them] 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."

Worrall's stint in international cricket wasn't too successful, as he picked up just one wicket in those three ODIs - one against Ireland and two against South Africa - but has 222 wickets from 58 first-class matches as well as 41 List A wickets from 35 games and 40 wickets from 52 T20s. He "will add further depth to Surrey's fast bowling unit, representing the Club in all competitions," the statement said.

Overall, in two stints with Gloucestershire - in 2018 and now - Worrall has picked up 53 wickets at an average of 22.53.