Julian makes move to Surrey

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Surrey, who were thwarted in their recent attempt to recruit the South African all-rounder Brian McMillan, have signed the Australian fast bowler Brendon Julian.

Julian will take over from his fellow paceman Waqar Younis, who will be touring England with Pakistan this summer, as the club's overseas player.

The Western Australia left-arm bowler made his Test debut against England at Old Trafford in 1993, the first of seven appearances for his country. Paul Sheldon, the chief executive of Surrey, said yesterday: "We are delighted to have someone of Brendon's quality joining us.

"His arrival will be good for Surrey and I think we will be good for Brendon, since this represents a great opportunity for him to get on the Ashes Tour next year."

Julian, 25, has played in more than 50 Sheffield Shield matches since his debut against Tasmania in 1989-90 and last season took 46 first-class wickets at an average of 28.85 runs.

The New Zealand-born fast-medium bowler picked up nine wickets in the drawn Sheffield Shield final against South Australia last week.

Surrey had originally obtained McMillan's signature for the next two seasons, but then Ali Bacher, the managing director of the United Board of South Africa, blocked the move.

Julian has been signed on a one-year contract, leaving Surrey's options open regarding Waqar for 1997.

The new recruit will move to The Oval once the relevant documentation - his work permit, Test and County Board registration and approval from the Australian Board - have been sorted out.

Surrey's cricket manager, Dave Gilbert, said: "Brendon's signing is a terrific coup for Surrey when you consider that Brian McMillan's late withdrawal had left the club high and dry.

"Brendon has immense talent and his all-round cricketing talent will make him a truly valuable and integral part of the team."