Youthful trio staying at Surrey
Surrey have handed new deals to Zafar Ansari, Rory Burns and Tom Jewell.
Ansari will now remain at the Kia Oval until the end of 2015. The highly-rated 20-year-old all-rounder has penned a summer deal to run alongside the final year of his studies at Cambridge University and will then be under a full contract for the following two seasons.
“When I looked at going to university my aim was to come out of it with a contract at the end of it and to have two full years to really dedicate to cricket,” said Ansari.
“I want to now push on and go as far as I can. Surrey is the place is where I want to be from both a cricket perspective but also a personal perspective and I am very happy to have signed my new contract.”
Burns, who opened the batting alongside Ansari in the latter half of the LV= County Championship season and averaged 49 in first-class cricket this summer, has penned a two-year deal, while Guildford-born all-rounder Jewell has earned a one-year contract after impressing in the final game of the season against Lancashire.
Team director Chris Adams said: “Players like these represent the future of Surrey. They are all young, hungry and have played for the club for many years.
“As we have seen already this season, they all possess the qualities required to have long county careers and I look forward to working with them in the future to bring continued success to the club.”