SURREY County Cricket Club have signed Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the 2013 Friends Life t20. Maxwell, 24, has played for the Melbourne Renegades, Mumbai Indians and Melbourne Stars in the Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash League – as well as playing nine T20 games for Australia and last season's FLt20 for Surrey's south division rivals the Hampshire Royals. A strong ball striker and athletic fielder, Maxwell will supplement a batting order that already contains cricketing legend Ricky Ponting and a number of hard hitting Surrey batsmen. His effective off-spin will also provide another option with the ball. Maxwell is set to make his Surrey debut at the Ageas Bowl against the Hampshire Royals on Wednesday, June 26. His home debut will come a week later, against the Sussex Sharks at the Kia Oval on Wednesday, July 3. The all-rounder is currently scheduled to play the first seven of Surrey's matches in the competition. His participation in the latter stages of the tournament will be governed by the make-up of the Australia A squad due to be announced next month. Maxwell said: "I'm thrilled about this opportunity and really looking forward to joining Surrey for the T20 competition. Hopefully we will enjoy some great success as a team." Chris Adams added: "Glenn is one of the most exciting T20 players in the world and we are looking forward to him joining our squad for this year's competition. "As a big hitting all rounder and strong fielder he will be able to contribute in all facets of the game and certainly has the potential to provide a key performance."
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