Ontong has targeted the global showpiece in India as possibly his last realistic opportunity to represent South Africa at an ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
“I want to improve my limited-overs contributions and win more T20- and 50-over matches for the Cobras,” he said.
Ontong said he has trained without any major discomfort, but the acid test will be how his knee will perform when sideway movements on the field and the change of direction subject that part of his body to some physical pressure.
He will know in the first week in September whether he can represent Boland at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 Cup.
Ontong says his signature shot in one-day cricket is usually the heave over midwicket and he uses his bottom hand approach to inflict damage.
In domestic four-day cricket where bowlers often use the so-called fourth-line or fifth-line just outside the off-stump, he has been able to caress the ball through covers or past point with minimum fuss.
He is keen to refine his off-side play even more in limited-overs cricket and also to reel himself in to a degree, as he sometimes perishes in his quest for quick runs for the sake of the team.
Ontong’s selfless nature is part of his cricketing DNA and has endeared him to thousands of fans, but he realises his keenness to accelerate and eagerness to find the boundary ropes has led to his down-fall on occasions.
Extending his attacking repertoire and opening the off-side boundary will be part of his plan of action for 2015/2016.
“I am seeking greater consistency in my one-day- and T20-batting this season,” the Cobras-skipper said.