Cape Town - Proteas Test opening batsman Dean Elgar has extended his short-term stay and will return to English county, Surrey.
Surrey confirmed on Friday on their official website that Elgar signed as the club's overseas player for the final five County Championship matches of this season.
Elgar scored 402 runs across three first-class and four List A matches for Surrey at the start of the campaign before joining his national side ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka, which gets underway July 12.
He has now agreed his Surrey return with the red ball, starting with the visit of Nottinghamshire from Wednesday, August 29.
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Elgar will then be available for the trips to Chelmsford, New Road and Taunton to face Essex, Worcestershire and Somerset respectively before Essex come to the Kia Oval in the final week of the season.
This will be Elgar's third spell with Surrey, having made three appearances for the club in 2015. He also enjoyed two stays at Somerset in 2013 and 2017.
The 31-year-old is currently the seventh best Test batsman in the world and the highest ranked South African in the ICC batting rankings.
Ahead of the upcoming two-match Test series with Sri Lanka, he has played 49 Test matches for South Africa, averaging 42.58.
"We're pleased Dean is returning to the club for the last part of the County Championship," Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart told their website.
"His experience and proven qualities at the business end of the campaign will add real depth to the squad."
Elgar and the Proteas will depart for Sri Lanka on Sunday, July 1.