A feature of Ontong’s career has been his longevity. He first represented South Africa in January 2002 in a test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In January 2015, Ontong captained South Africa in a T20-International against the West Indies, which was the most recent of his 44 international games in all three formats,
In 172 first-class games, the 36-year old stylist has scored 10 374 runs at an average of 41.16.
Ontong was disappointed upon hearing that he was not included in the T20-squad for the tour of Bangladesh, but he was undaunted by the setback.
“I will be back, and I will give my all for the Cobras,” he said.
Ontong has been a stalwart for the Cape Cobras and South Africa A the past three seasons, and has led the A-team to unofficial test series-wins against Australia in 2013 and 2014.
He was also at the helm for the Cobras when they won the franchise double in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
Ontong wanted to use the Caribbean experience to attract the attention of the national T20-selectors, but hope he can bolster his international re-selection while representing the South Africa A-team in India.