South African opening batsman Dean Elgar is set to return to Somerset as our overseas player for 2017.
The 29 year old will be available for all formats.
He first played for Somerset in 2013 when he joined the Club on a short term contract as cover for Alviro Petersen. During that time he played in three First Class matches in which he scored 123 runs. He also played in four List A matches, the highlight of which saw him claim a half century as Somerset beat Glamorgan by three wickets.
Since then Dean has cemented his place as a regular starter in the South Africa side. He has featured in 32 Tests scoring 1737 runs at an average of 38.60 with a top score of 129. He has also played in six ODI’s.
The left-hander has an excellent First Class record and averages over 43.80 from 137 matches.
Dean will join up with his new Somerset teammates in April and will be our overseas player this summer when his International commitments allow.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard is an admirer of the diminutive South African. “He has all the characteristics that you want in a player,” he said. “He’s a fighter, he battles hard and he brings the sort of gritty determination that the Members and supporters will appreciate. 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.”
Dean is pleased to be coming back to the West Country. “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.”