Dean Elgar signs for Somerset for upcoming season

Dean Elgar of South Africa
Dean Elgar of South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Dean Elgar, South Africa’s opening batsman in Test matches has re-signed for English county side Somerset for the 2017 season of the County Championships. However, unlike the rest of his teammates, Elgar’s contract will not be a kolpak deal, meaning that he can continue playing for his country as well.

Elgar’s contract and the deal come after Somerset had tp release former Australian batsman Chris Rogers who subsequently announced his retirement as well. Elgar will play as one of the overseas players allowed to play on the side.


Dean Elgar had a brief spell with Somerset in 2013 and is certainly pleased to be returning back into the grand scheme of things. In spite of playing just the three matches and at the average of 24.60, but had put it under the experience of playing in alien conditions as well.

He enjoyed slightly more success in the shorter form of the game, most notably scoring a half century against Glamorgan to help the Cidermen to a three-wicket win. This will certainly help him a great deal when it comes to playing in these conditions and when South Africa do go ahead with the tour of England in the near future as well.

Elgar also went on to state that he was looking to go back after a hiatus of almost four years.

Elgar said: “I really enjoyed my time at Somerset back in 2013 and I’m looking forward to going back. 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.

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“They were unlucky not to win the title last year and I hope that I can help them go one better in 2017.”