Dean Elgar    Getty Images
Dean Elgar Getty Images

South Africa Test opener and vice-captain, Dean Elgar has been roped in by Surrey once again for his second stint with the county side after 2015. Elgar would be available for their tournament-opener against Hampshire on the second Friday of the Championship, April 20, at Kennignton Oval, London. Elgar has been in rollicking form since 2017, and averages 45 in 2018, so far, with 4 fifties and a solitary hundred. In 2017, the left-hander amassed 1,128 runs at 53.71 with 5 hundreds and four half-centuries. Surrey would want to bank on his rich form.

This will be Elgar’s second stint with the club. He earlier featured for the club in three games in 2015. Apart from Surrey, he has also represented Somerset in 2013 and 2017. The South African would feature in the first two months of the English summer before leaving for “national commitments.” South Africa are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in June. In addition, Elgar will also miss a game against Worcestershire due to a ‘pre-arranged commitment.’

Alec Stewart, Surrey’s director of cricket, seemed content with Elgar joining in as last-moment replacement for Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. “Given the news that Mitch Marsh will need ankle surgery, to be able to bring someone of Dean’s calibre to the club, at such short notice, for the first period of the season is a real bonus. We know Dean well after his time with us in 2015 and his international quality and experience will be a real asset. We look forward to welcoming him to the Kia Oval,” concluded the former England wicketkeeper-batsman.