Surrey seal deal with Kohli

03 May 2018 12:29:10 EST

Surrey have clinched a major coup by signing India captain Virat Kohli to feature in all formats of the game across the whole of the month of June.

The 29-year-old right-hander will miss his country's inaugural Test match against Afghanistan as a result of his county commitments, with Kohli able to gain valuable experience of English conditions ahead of the tour by his country later in the summer.

Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players.

Alec Stewart

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told the county's official website: "We are thrilled to have signed the biggest name in world cricket for the month of June.

"Playing and training alongside Virat will be a massive benefit for our players, who will have the opportunity to learn so much from him.

"At a time when there is much discussion around the future of county cricket, the arrival of Virat should give our domestic game a massive boost and positive exposure around the cricketing world."

Kohli struggled badly on his only previous Test tour of England, averaging a mere 13.40 in the five-match series in the summer of 2014, which the hosts won 3-1 after trailing 1-0 with two matches played.

This summer India take on England in three Twenty20 internationals, three one-day internationals and finally five Test matches.

Meanwhile, India are 9/2 to win the 2019 World Cup in England, with Australia available at 10/3 and Pakistan priced at 10/1.

India (2011) are the only side to have broken Australian dominance in the competition in recent years, with the Baggy Greens taking the honours in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.

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