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 ICC 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
Still considered one of the finest all-round cricketers in South Africa, Ontong’s itness-state will improve his chances of a call-up for the World Cup squad, as he can be a factor as world-class fielder at point and operate as off-spinner as well.