Sangakkara signs for Durham

London: Kumar Sangakkara will warm-up for Sri Lanka`s forthcoming tour of England by appearing in the next two rounds of County Championship matches for title-holders Durham.

One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation and ninth on the list of all-time leading Test run-scorers with 11,151 at an average of nearly 59, Sangakkara is set to play for Durham in their four-day games with Yorkshire and Sussex next month.

"I`m really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I`m immensely grateful for the opportunity"," Sangakkara said in a statement.

"I actually made my debut for Warwickshire against Durham back in 2007 -- I scored a few runs that day so I`m hoping to make amends this time around."

Durham coach Jon Lewis added: "I said that if we could pull off this signing it would be a big bonus and it is.

"To attract a player of Kumar Sangakkara`s quality to Durham is fantastic, and I`ve been really impressed by his eagerness to join us."

"In his short stay, I`m sure he`ll be a big asset -- not just with his performances, but with the example he will show our crop of fine young cricketers."

World Twenty20 champions Sri Lanka play England in a lone Twenty20 international at The Oval on May 20 before facing their hosts in a five-match one-day international series and two Tests, at Lord`s and Headingley, in June.