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Dean Elgar back with Surrey for his second County season

Dean Elgar
South Africa's Dean Elgar catches
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Virat Kohli, Morne Morkel and now Dean Elgar, Surrey is on a hiring spree off late and has managed to rope in the best of the best from all over the world.

Dean Elgar will soon join Surrey for the early part of the County season and would be available for their first game against Hampshire on 20th April to be played at the Kennington Oval in London. Elgar last featured for Surrey in 2015 and would join the County for the second time. The 30-year-old has also been a part of Somerset in 2013 and 2017.

However, Elgar would have to miss a few games due to national commitments as South Africa are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka from 1 August to 7 September for a 3-match Test series. All the same, he would be available for the first two months and would take part in three red-ball games and five other One-Day Cup matches in the period.

The South African has hit a good patch of form lately. In the recently concluded 4-match Test series against Australia, Elgar shone for the Proteas scoring 333 runs in 8 innings at an average of 47.57.

The left hander expressed his joy at representing Surrey for the second time. He said, "I am really grateful for the opportunity to be back at Surrey for the start of the summer. I hope to contribute for the period I am at the club, on and off the field, and I'm looking forward to seeing all involved at the great club again.”

Surrey’s Director of Cricket Alec Stewart was also pleased to have Elgar as the replacement of the injured Aussie 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," said Stewart.

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