Essex County Cricket Club has officially announced the signing of Dean Elgar on a three-year contract. The 36-year-old South African left-handed opener recently retired from international cricket after his 86th Test match earlier this month. Elgar’s signing aims to fill the void left by the retirement of former England captain Alastair Cook, as Essex seeks an experienced top-order batsman.
Having previously played county cricket with Somerset and Surrey, Elgar brings a wealth of experience to Essex. With 5347 runs at an average of 37.92 in Tests, including 14 centuries, Elgar has a strong track record at the highest level. His recent century in the Boxing Day Test against India at Centurion was a testament to his skill and determination.
Expressing his enthusiasm for joining Essex, Elgar stated, “I’m thrilled to embark on this new chapter of my cricketing journey with Essex. The club has been pushing for honors in recent years, and I’m eager to contribute to further success. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my previous experiences in county cricket, and I’m really looking forward to joining up with the squad ahead of the season.”
Essex’s head coach, Anthony McGrath, expressed his confidence in Elgar’s abilities, stating, “Dean brings a wealth of talent and experience that will undoubtedly strengthen our squad for the 2024 season. His achievements in the international arena speak volumes about his capabilities, and we are excited to witness his impact at Essex.”
Elgar is expected to join Essex for their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi in March, alongside fellow new signing Jordan Cox, as the club prepares for the upcoming season.