London: Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has been signed by English county Surrey to play in the 2013-14 season. It will be Ponting's second stint playing domestic cricket in England following a brief time with Somerset in 2004.
"I thought my days of playing in England might have been over after I knew I wasn't going to be on the Ashes tour this year. I've probably got a few too many bad memories from the Oval because of Ashes series gone by (Australia lost the last two campaigns in England on this ground) so I hope I can walk away with some better ones this time," the 38-year-old told Surrey TV.
Ponting's stint with Surrey will coincide with the Ashes which starts at Trent Bridge on July 10 and he admitted that it would be a bit odd not to be a part of the iconic series. "It will be very strange to know that a few hours away there will be an Ashes Test going on and I won't be part of it. But I've had a chance to think about all that over the last three or four months and just to be in the country while a series like that is happening will be a lot of fun," said Ponting.
Ponting played three county matches for Somerset in 2004 and scored 297 runs at an astonishing average of 99, with two centuries and one half-century.