South African cricket April 17, 2009

Morkel steps into Ntini's shoes

It was literally a case of stepping into another's shoes for South African fast bowler Morne Morkel. He had to train in teammate Makhaya Ntini’s shoes on the eve of the fifth ODI against Australia after a bag containing all his equipment disappeared from the team hotel at Fourways in Johannesburg.

The bag, with three pairs of Puma bowling shoes, all his batting accessories and one-day clothing was tracked down in Cape Town on Thursday afternoon. “One moment my bag was still in the hotel lobby and the next it was nowhere to be found,” Morkel told “One of the hotel workers had been spotted with it and somehow it landed on the same bus as the baggage for the Deccan Chargers.”

Clearly Morkel, who lost his place in the side to Wayne Parnell earlier this month, can't wait to hit the ground running - in his own footwear!