Surrey sign South Africa's Dean Elgar for opening two months of county season
Proteas opener heads to Oval after injury to Australia's Mitchell Marsh
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 12/04/18 4:13pm
Surrey have signed South Africa's Test opener Dean Elgar as an overseas replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh in April and May.
Australia all-rounder Marsh is ruled out for the start of the campaign due to an ankle injury that requires surgery, so Elgar will join Surrey ahead of their County Championship opener against Hampshire next Friday.
The batsman, who has amassed 3,194 runs with 11 centuries at an average of 42.58 in 49 Tests for the Proteas, will be absent for the four-day clash against Worcestershire next month due to a prearranged commitment.
But the 30-year-old will be in contention for Surrey's three other fixtures in the County Championship and five in the Royal London One-Day Cup before the start of June.
Elgar, who had a stint at Surrey three years ago, said on the county's official website: "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 director of cricket Alec Stewart added: "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."