Published: 11th January, 2019
South African batsman Dean Elgar will be back at the Kia Oval in 2019, providing a stable and dogged presence in Surrey’s top order for much of the summer.
The determined left-hander will be in his fourth spell with the Club, having originally worn the Three Feathers in 2015 before returning to play a pivotal role in the 2018 Specsavers County Championship success.
With 797 runs across nine first-class matches, four 50-over encounters and one T20 for Surrey so far, he has already performed at a high standard for the Club.
Just this week he has also been given the honour of leading his country in their third Test with Pakistan, shortly before it was confirmed he would be back at Surrey on the 25th April this year.
What can Surrey fans expect when he makes it back to the Kia Oval? Let’s take a look at his best knocks under a brown helmet.
98 v Gloucestershire in 2015
Agonisingly close to his first Surrey century, Elgar attempted to send spinner Jack Taylor to the rope but was caught instead. Having helped Surrey from 43/2 to 211/3 alongside Zafar Ansari and Ben Foakes, he’d certainly played his part by this point.
His 203-ball effort was crucial as Surrey looked to build a big score in the first innings of this Division Two clash. 10 fours and two sixes also provided the entertainment on the first day of this June match with Surrey looking to build a promotion challenge that would eventually see them return to Division One later that summer.
Surrey went on to win this particular match by an innings as Gloucestershire’s batsmen failed to get to grips with the Kia Oval pitch in the same way Elgar and Foakes had.
61 v Yorkshire in 2018
19/2. 69/4. Not exactly the first innings positions from which you’d expect an innings victory against a side containing Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Cheteshwar Pujara but thanks to Elgar’s stabilising influence and the aggressive shotmaking of Ollie Pope and Rikki Clarke later in the innings, that was the case here.
He hit nine fours in 101 balls in this innings that provided the base for Surrey’s innings victory, which in turn proved to be the starting point of a title-defining run of nine victories in a row.
91 v Hampshire in 2018
With wickets falling around him on a difficult, sticky wicket at the Ageas Bowl; Elgar compiled this run-a-ball innings to guide Surrey up to a competitive 262/7.
He hit six fours and one six in the innings; gently guided over long on while facing the spin bowling of Brad Taylor.
Surrey went on to lose this match but Elgar’s innings did give them a chance in what would otherwise have been a crushing defeat.
110 v Somerset in 2018
That first Surrey century came in Taunton, his last appearance of his 2018 stay at the Club.
The platform he was afforded for this innings was much greater than many of the others that feature in this list as Surrey’s top four all went beyond the half-century mark in a first-class match for the first time since May 2006.
This 110 in 185 balls with 18 fours put Surrey in the ascendancy but the result couldn’t be forced after the final day was abandoned without a ball bowled.