Former Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar has signed a three-year deal with Essex.
The 36-year-old last week retired from Test cricket having scored 5,347 runs in 86 matches, including 185 against India on his home ground in Centurion in his final series.
“I’m thrilled to embark on this new chapter of my cricketing journey with Essex,” said Elgar. “The club has been pushing for honours 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 season.”
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath expressed his delight in welcoming Elgar to the club.
“Dean brings a wealth of talent and experience that will undoubtedly strengthen our squad for the 2024 season,” he said.
“He has had an outstanding career in Test cricket and has demonstrated to the world his desire to score runs at the highest level, right up until he retired.
“His achievements in the international arena speak volumes about his capabilities and we are excited to witness his impact at Essex.”
Elgar will join up with his new teammates for the pre-season tour to Abu Dhabi in March, before the opening match of the 2024 season on 5 April against Nottinghamshire in the County Championship.