Virdi welcomes Surrey squad depth

31 May 2021 20:12:34 GMTPlus10

Surrey off-spinner Amar Virdi hailed the county's strength in depth after an impressive innings victory over Gloucestershire in the County Championship.

Former South Africa star Hashim Amla's first-innings 173 laid the foundations for Surrey's victory at The Oval and they are 1212/1 to win the County Championship title this summer, with Essex 1212/1.

You do miss some of the big players, but we have a lot of good ones behind them.

Amar Virdi

After their batsmen piled up a first-innings total of 473 against an in-form Glos side, who remain top of Group Two, Surrey's spinners took control of the contest.

Dan Moriarty took 6-60 as the visitors were bowled out for 158 in their first innings and Virdi finished with seven wickets in the match thanks to his 4-96 second time around.

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The hosts were missing England batsmen Rory Burns and Ollie Pope, as well as West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach due to international duty, while wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was also absent because of a hamstring injury.

Jordan Clark and Reece Topley were both rested for the clash, but the Brown Caps were still able to record only a second Championship win of the summer in emphatic style.

They now switch formats to focus on the T20 Blast, starting their campaign with a London derby against Middlesex at Lord's on June 10th.

Spinner Virdi told ESPNcricinfo: "One thing we're lucky with at Surrey is that we've got quite a big squad. There's a lot of good players and we've got a very strong work ethic.

"You do miss some of the big players, but we have a lot of good ones behind them. We're not solely reliant on guys that are playing international cricket; we've got a strong core of county players as well."

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