• Ontong’s knee surgery a success

    The Cape Cobras skipper Justin Ontong’s plans to challenge for a spot South Africa’s Twenty20 World Cup squad is back on track after some encouraging news from his orthopaedic surgeon.

    Dr Spike Erasmus, who performed surgery to repair the tear to Ontong’s right knee ligament, performed a follow-up investigation on Ontong last week and said the former South African player is on course for the 2015/2016-season.

    It is an important season for the 35-year old right-hander, who wants to add to the 44 international games for South Africa.
    Ontong might be in the twilight of a career that produced 10 374 first-class runs, but he is determined to represent South Africa in the Twenty20 World Cup and is committed to improve his limited-over contributions for the Cobras.

    The Cobras captain said he will spend some time in the gymnasium and the pool to strengthen the knee but will be fit and raring to go once the season starts.

    Erasmus performed an operation on the Springbok centre and captain Jean de Villiers, who is hoping to represent South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in September and October.

    ‘I just don’t want to start too fast with my rehabilitation work,’ said Ontong