Kumar Sangakkara has joined Surrey for 2015 season

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Surrey have announced the signing of Kumar Sangakkara for the 2015 County Championship season.

The Sri Lankan, 37, is currently top of the Test batting rankings after reaching 12,000 runs earlier this year, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. 

He will be available for most of the upcoming season after he announced he will retire from ODI cricket after the upcoming World Cup.

Delighted with the addition

He has enjoyed previous spells in England's County Championship with Warwickshire and Durham. 

Regarded as one of the best batsman of his generation, Surrey director Alec Stewart couldn't be happier with the addition of Sangakkara.

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Five-star player

He stated to the BBC: "He is a five-star player and person and that is important because he will be working with our homegrown players."

"He is the number one Test batsman in the world but it's the special character that he has which is as important to us." added Stewart.

The County Championships get underway on April 12th when champions Yorkshire will face promoted Worcestershire. Surrey's first game is at Glamorgan on April 19th. 

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