South African Dean Elgar is set to return to Somerset as an overseas player for 2017. The 29-year-old will be available for all formats from April subject to International commitments.
A left handed opening batsman, Elgar first played for Somerset in 2013 when he joined the Club on a short-term contract as cover for Alviro Petersen.
In 32 Test Matches he has scored 1737 runs at an average of 38.60 with a top score of 129. He has also played in six One Day Internationals.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said:
“He has all the characteristics that you want in a player,”
“He’s a fighter, he battles hard and he brings the sort of gritty determination that the Members and supporters will appreciate.”
Maynard added: “He has a good array of shots and is a top-class fielder. He is a 100% man and the kind of person who will absolutely buy in to the values that this Club holds dear.”
“Over the last couple of years he has proved himself to be an excellent batsman but there is more to his game than that. He will also offer us a more than useful option with his left arm spin. We were not the only County interested in securing his services for 2017 so we are delighted that he will be with us.”
Elgar commented: “I really enjoyed my time at Somerset back in 2013 and I’m looking forward to going back,” he said.
“The Club is in a really good place at the moment and I’m pleased that I’m going to be a part of that. They were unlucky not to win the title last year and I hope that I can help them go one better in 2017.”