Nannes predicts hot Surrey challenge this summer

Surrey’s straight-talking Australian fast bowler Dirk Nannes is relishing a return to south London this season, but only once the weather warms up.

The 35-year-old left-armer from Melbourne is one of the world’s most in-demand Twenty20 specialist ‘death bowlers’ and – having already played 135 matches in the short-form game – is currently plying his trade for South African franchise Highveld Lions.

However, Nannes already has his sights set on his summer work for the Lions of Surrey. “The last time I was in England it was  minus 10 degrees and I didn’t really enjoy that,” admitted Nannes.

“At the moment I’ve still got a burning memory of freezing cold England so, hopefully, when I’m back there it should be summer. I’ll get back in the dressing room, meet the boys again, have a few laughs and win some games of cricket.”

Nannes added: “It’s a pretty exciting team at Surrey and I’m sure that in the not too distant future they’ll be challenging for a lot of titles.

“It was pretty disappointing to run out of steam like we did last year. When you add another year to the young Surrey players’ experience though, those close little contests will be won by our side and we’ll go a little bit further.”

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