Champions Trophy 2013 June 7, 2013

Injured Morkel out, Morris picked as replacement

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South Africa's Champions Trophy hopes have suffered another setback, with Morne Morkel ruled out of the tournament with a quad strain. Allrounder Chris Morris has been announced as Morkel's replacement and approved by the ICC's event technical committee*. ESPNcricinfo understands that Morris will join the squad in Birmingham on Saturday.

Morris is uncapped in ODIs for South Africa but played two Twenty20 internationals last season. He opens the bowling and can reach speeds into the mid 140s. He has just completed his first IPL, in which he was one of the standout players for Chennai Super Kings with 15 wickets at 26.73. He is also a handy lower-order batsman.

Morkel is the fourth big-name player to become unavailable for South Africa after Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, although there is hope Steyn will return. Morkel bowled 6.5 overs during South Africa's opening match against India before he left the field in obvious discomfort. He was taken for an MRI scan following the team's defeat which revealed a Grade 1 injury that is more serious than it initially looked.

"There is a tear in the layer covering the muscle which means the recovery time will be longer than we thought. He will take at least three weeks to recover," Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager who is also a medical doctor, explained.

That leaves South Africa's pace stocks severely depleted, especially as Steyn is still nursing a side strain. Steyn picked up the niggle during South Africa's warm-up match against Pakistan at The Oval on Monday. At the time Moosajee said he would need five to seven days to recover, a period that ends in time for South Africa's next match against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

That does not mean Steyn is a guaranteed starter, though. "Dale is a work in a progress as far as recovery is concerned. We can only get him to start bowling once he is symptom free," Moosajee said. "It's a challenge, because if we allow him to bowl and the injury is aggravated, we will be back to square one. The physiotherapist is working hard on him and taking it day by day. It's a wait and see thing." More information on Steyn's condition will be known when the squad trains on Saturday.

Both Morkel and Steyn played in the IPL but Moosajee did not want to lay all the blame on that competition for the problems South Africa are experiencing. "There is a huge volume of cricket for guys who play across all formats. While I can't blame the IPL, at the same time, there is no guarantee that the volume of cricket is not leading to this.

"From a South African perspective, for both your marquee fast bowlers to be ruled out of a major tournament… I guess it could have happened at any time. Dale and Morne are our premier bowlers and we want them to play but I'd like to believe we have become a very resilient team. We're hoping other guys have a chance to shine."

Morris was preferred over Wayne Parnell, who played four games in the IPL for Pune Warriors and has been on the fringes of the South Africa squad in recent months, and Marchant de Lange, who made a return to cricket late in the 2012-13 season after recovering from stress fractures.

He also beat competition from a man former players such as Michael Vaughan and Pat Symcox are pleading for: Vernon Philander. After Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt conceded heavily against India and looked tactically out of sorts, Philander's lengths were spoken of as being missed.

However, the Test ace is not considered part of South Africa's one-day plans. He has represented them in the fifty-overs format eight times, with his last appearance in January 2012. Philander is usually reserved for Test cricket only and injuries have also hampered his progress in the one-day format.

*11.30GMT, June 7: This article has been updated after Morne Morkel's replacement was approved by the ICC

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • EnglishCricket on June 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    The problem is far too much International Cricket is being played. With 3 formats, you could understand. After this tournament, there will be for some strange series a tri series between India, West and Sri sort of like a mini ICC Trophy because these teams are in this current tournament. These cricketers are humans not machines.

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Could work to SA's advantage, an opportunity to bring Philander into the squad? I could not believe he was left out in the first place but with Steyn also very doubtful, Philander has wicket taking potential especially in England.

  • MohanRagavan on June 7, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    its huge loss for SA...steyn misses 1st match ..now M Morkel misses CT..SA selectors please bring Morris or Philander for proteas to fight back in to CT....my favourite team Next after INDIA is huge blow in injuries...........hope a gud selection will be made.......

  • on June 10, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    i think its a good choice there are some more changes needed in the proteas squad ,it would have been better f henry davids would have replaced Alviro,Merchant De Lange should have been instead f rory klienveldt,WHY IS AARON PHANSINGO N THE SQUAD?there are ample f off spinners available johan botha,imran tahir

  • on June 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    i think ChriS Morris is capable f bagging wickets cum smashing couple of sixes he can turn out be a full package all-rounder

  • AKS286 on June 9, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    H.Viljoen, Alexander, De Lange or bring Abbott in the ODI squad. A.Morkel is not a bowler nor a batsman. Albie is ideal for IPL,BPl,CPL,BBL,SLPL. Morris i don't know what he will do but better back bench are ready.

  • xylo on June 8, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Wait, Morris is coming after a solid showing in the IPL? I do not remember any stand-out performance from him, and was thinking that Albie would replace him in the knockout stages. SA seem to be going India's earlier way of selecting players based on IPL performances - Gony, Yusuf Pathan etc. They could have brought in Botha instead, to be a spin option, and a shrewd captain should ABdV be injured, which is mostly a matter of when.

  • on June 8, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    The ideal replacement for Morkel would have been, I suppose, Morkel. Yes, Morne Morkel should have been replaced with Albie Morkel. He is also a lively bowler, and has the ability to use the long handle in the middle order as well.

  • vallavarayar on June 8, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Already the tourney is over for SA.

  • gibbs.175 on June 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Here is good news........Morris will give some balance to the SA side......he is even batter than Morkel...he can score some runs too....thank God

  • EnglishCricket on June 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    The problem is far too much International Cricket is being played. With 3 formats, you could understand. After this tournament, there will be for some strange series a tri series between India, West and Sri sort of like a mini ICC Trophy because these teams are in this current tournament. These cricketers are humans not machines.

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Could work to SA's advantage, an opportunity to bring Philander into the squad? I could not believe he was left out in the first place but with Steyn also very doubtful, Philander has wicket taking potential especially in England.

  • MohanRagavan on June 7, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    its huge loss for SA...steyn misses 1st match ..now M Morkel misses CT..SA selectors please bring Morris or Philander for proteas to fight back in to CT....my favourite team Next after INDIA is huge blow in injuries...........hope a gud selection will be made.......

  • on June 10, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    i think its a good choice there are some more changes needed in the proteas squad ,it would have been better f henry davids would have replaced Alviro,Merchant De Lange should have been instead f rory klienveldt,WHY IS AARON PHANSINGO N THE SQUAD?there are ample f off spinners available johan botha,imran tahir

  • on June 10, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    i think ChriS Morris is capable f bagging wickets cum smashing couple of sixes he can turn out be a full package all-rounder

  • AKS286 on June 9, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    H.Viljoen, Alexander, De Lange or bring Abbott in the ODI squad. A.Morkel is not a bowler nor a batsman. Albie is ideal for IPL,BPl,CPL,BBL,SLPL. Morris i don't know what he will do but better back bench are ready.

  • xylo on June 8, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Wait, Morris is coming after a solid showing in the IPL? I do not remember any stand-out performance from him, and was thinking that Albie would replace him in the knockout stages. SA seem to be going India's earlier way of selecting players based on IPL performances - Gony, Yusuf Pathan etc. They could have brought in Botha instead, to be a spin option, and a shrewd captain should ABdV be injured, which is mostly a matter of when.

  • on June 8, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    The ideal replacement for Morkel would have been, I suppose, Morkel. Yes, Morne Morkel should have been replaced with Albie Morkel. He is also a lively bowler, and has the ability to use the long handle in the middle order as well.

  • vallavarayar on June 8, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Already the tourney is over for SA.

  • gibbs.175 on June 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Here is good news........Morris will give some balance to the SA side......he is even batter than Morkel...he can score some runs too....thank God

  • Sakthiivel on June 8, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Here comes the Super King !! Chris Morris should be in the Playing XI for sure.,

  • on June 8, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    These cricketers have become greedy by playing too much cricket specially where money is involved, gone r the days of domestic first class cricket, earlier Asian players use to sign county cricket to brush up their skills as a batsman as a bowler, but not now the calendar is so busy u have to play Champions trophy, Champions league & some triangular series & if time permits & body allows few test matches

  • TheBigBoodha on June 8, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    Philander is not in the ODI squad for a reason. He is a green top specialist. Just take a look at his ODI and list A average: 35 - and he has played many of those on SA pitches, which have recently become the greenest in the world (a pure coincidence, I'm sure). There isn't a blade of grass on these CT tracks. Philander's medium pacers would not be much better than Jonathan Trott's. Remember, Philander took 5 innings to take wicket on Australia's harder, drier tracks - and they have grass on them (and he didn't even play in Adelaide, Australia's friendliest batting strip!). So if you want the Philander "mystique" obliterated, sure, bring him in.

  • couchcoach on June 8, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Why does everyone assume IPL is causing the SA injuries?... Maybe its something the SA team is doing? Indians all played IPL but their bowlers seem to be ok. Didn't SA go on an intensive training camp in Holland just before CT? Maybe preperation by the SA team needs review rather than using IPL as the scapegoat.

  • alarky on June 7, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Steyn first went! Morkel is now going! This is exactly what the IPL was designed to do - put all the fast bowlers in the world out of commission! Remember, if there were no fast bowlers in the world, India would have been a cricketing force to reckon with a long time ago! So when the fast bowlers all over the world booted them out of the 2007 World Cup, they knew that it was imperative that they did something about fast bowlers. Hence, they dangled the carrot of dollars before them, and they all went for it, and decided that they would be medium pacers to preserve their shelf life for the lucrative IPL competition. Not long after, in fact the very next World Cup was won by India. Then india started to win matches overseas, and so on. So bravo for the Indian authorities, they have outsmarted the rest of the cricketing world, and it is paying off now!

  • bbnn on June 7, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Morris Philander and parnel with Maclaren will make a good pace attack But what will e their batting strength all eleven can bat! Amla Duplesis ABD Miller Dumini Robin,MacLaren,Morris,Philander,Parnell,Phangeso will make a good team

  • Nuxxy on June 7, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt won't get injured. They will never exert themselves to that point. They seemed to think that, having made it to International games, they can coast now.

  • Greatest_Game on June 7, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Last year Kallis was injured while bowling in the Aus test tour. Pattinson was injured in there same test. Duminy suffered a massive achilles tendon injury while training - he never even took the field. Are we going to blame these injuries on the IPL???

    Michael Clarke is struggling with his back He did not play in the IPL because of that. Is test cricket interfering with his IPL career?

    I'm not apologizing for or promoting the IPL. I am promoting common sense instead of rubbish speculation that has no grounds in fact.

    I had a really bad headache today. Maybe it was from thinking too much about cricket? If I had not followed the IPL would I go through the Champions Trophy without a headache??

  • santhoo24 on June 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    people complaining about IPL, let me simplify this: trying paying these players what they earn in IPL by yourself and ask they to do what you want, I am sure they will do so once they get paid. Players get injured going after the green. Even the boards know the risks and let these players play. Don't blame IPL for everything wrong in this world.

  • Tonyouk on June 7, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Totally agree, Philander should be brought in for SA

  • BokkeForever on June 7, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Wish Lopsy and Kleinvelt got injured too!!!!!!!!

  • on June 7, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Tey should not hav participated in IPL tey shd hav been preserved for big tournaments like tis

  • pull_shot on June 7, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Congrats man u deserve it

  • calcu on June 7, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @srinivasan No, that will not be good. There is nothing more entertaining than a bilateral ODI series with both teams getting used to each other and playing better than normal.

  • AKS286 on June 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    African Deadly Barrage(Steyn, Morkel, Phil, De Lange, Tsotsobe). Barrage is without Steyn, Morkel & Phil. SA beat NZ in injuries. Hardus Viljoen is a perfect man to replace klienveldt or injured Morne.

  • ZCFOutkast on June 7, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    One would've thought that in English conditions, Philander would've been a nobrainer as a replacement! Unfortunately, with Tsotsobe and the awful Rory in the side, they we'rent about to leave Dale Steyn this severely "outnumberred".

  • Jda123 on June 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    That is a loss for SA, Steyn likely will be used for the match with Pakistan.

  • FiGhtCluB_99 on June 7, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Who will be delighted with this news? "Pakistani batsmen" :P :D

  • TheBigBoodha on June 7, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I didn't realise that Morkel had quads. Anyway, bad luck to the big fella.

  • phunny_game on June 7, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Good replacement. out of all the bowlers in the SA team, he is the only one, except steyn, who really bowls aggressively... And provides that extra bit with his batting also. He is an amazing talent. Should replace Kleinveldt or Tsotsobe(unlikely) in the next match.

  • on June 7, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    It is time ICC abolished ODI series and only staged tournaments. Instead they can promote four nation tournaments - twice a year apart from the World Cup. Similarly T20s should not be sanctioned between nations and only among city based clubs. Every major team must be required to play at least 6 Tests and a max of 12 Tests a year. This should reduce player workload considerably.

  • CricketMaan on June 7, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    i cannot believe there is fast bowling crisis in SA? What is going on? I would have thought there must be at least 4-5 waiting in line to jump on? Looks like Pak, Eng, Aus are the only ones (to a small extent Windies) that seems to have a good line of fast bowlers ready to hit intl cricket!

  • on June 7, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Albie Morkel stands a chance as he can bowl and bat especially in 20 / 50 over format.Philander is a good option but in this format batting strength is worth considering.

  • MohanRagavan on June 7, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    guys ...please dont blame IPL for their injuries because steyn and Morne didnt get injured while playing in IPL....got injured during this tournament ...you cant predict injuries....keep supporting proteas.......i want IND vs SA in the final......

  • landl47 on June 7, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Too bad for SA's chances in this tournament. It's hard to see them beating both Pakistan and WI now, as they probably have to do in order to advance.

  • on June 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    SA needs a like for like replace for Morkel. Where is Marchant de Lange, he will be the best fit for Morkel now. I am sure he came back sometime this season? We need height and speed of Morkel and I think Marchant has that. Abbott/Morris/Philander can also do the job but I think Marchant offers that extra that Morne gives us.

  • TECHSAMAN on June 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    International Cricket is demanding but 20/20 + 20/20 +20/20 on top is perhaps the killer. 4 overs in one over spells compared to a 6 or 7 over spell in a 3 hour session when a bowler needs to deliver 10 overs. Spinners thrive on it. Quicks get injured. IPL - Big Bash - Caribbean 20/20,,,,,Loadsamoney BUT.... Careers will get shorter...

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    The title could be "saf out of champions trophy" too, with steyn, morkel gone saf bowling is looking extremely weak.

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    sa is in big trouble in one days,nothing with selection players should be more hard work for their spot in team.In champions trophy morkals replacement will be morris.philander and botha also good but morris is more better

  • hotcric01 on June 7, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    SA in trouble.This shows us their weakness in bowling depth.They too much depend on Steyn and Morkel(in both test and ODI formats) .None of de lange, Philander and Abbott are not good short format bowlers.Best possible options are Morris and Kallis.With their all round skills they will be very valuable to struggling SA squad.

  • wanatawu on June 7, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    I am glad Kirsten is leaving cose he like to pick his usaul yes man the palookas Kleinveldt ( he would not even make Nigeria cricket team ), Tsotsobe ( who slower than most spinner. Mclaren who Boycott once labelled the worst bowler he has ever seen, all the while there is some qaulity bowlers left behind, but must say he can @ least bat

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    I like Morris, but we need a true strike bowler now, not another all rounder. Philander.

  • Romanticstud on June 7, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    South Africa ... Did I say that correctly ... South FAFrica ... To win games you need to keep your wickets ... AB De Villiers and Peterson did a good job up front .... Then JP Snail's pace Duminy got in and out just for De Villiers to almost be run out ... then caught out and then the tragedy of the match ... Miller RUN OUT ... without facing a ball ... from 155/3 to 188/6 4 wickets 33 runs in 8.2 Overs ... basically 4 an over when you are chasing 6.64 an over and that after a run out ended the biggest partnership of the innings ... Forget about on paper ... get on the pitch and play ...

  • JM_RSA on June 7, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @EnglishCricket - your statement is incorrect when it relates to SAF. SAF has bot played any cricket for more 3 months. The IPL and the individuals are the cause of these injuries. CSA should impose a law so the players can only play half of the IPL.

    As replacements i would bring up Abott/Morris and Philander. i would immediately drop Kleinveldt.

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    They only play for IPL ..that's there country and that's where they earn the cash .... Sad new for South Africa ....I am sure in future they too have to think about sending their player to IPL ......

  • TestsbeforeTwenty20 on June 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Get Morris in - he should have been there from the start. Not so sure what Kleinveldt is doing there - South Africa have a number of bowlers better than him. Hope Steyn is fit for Monday.

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Missed following the SA team selection. Any idea why Kallis is not playing? Injured or dropped?

  • Harmony111 on June 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    This is sad news although good from other team's point of view. SA were already without some top players and now Morkel's going back too. Steyn is still not fully fit so this means a huge huge loss to SA's bowling. This robs the tournament of some high quality stuff.

    Would SA be allowed to replace Morkel with Morkel or someone else? I think rules do not permit this but special cases are usually considered.

  • Abdurrazaaq on June 7, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Steyn and Morkel burnt themselves out in the IPL, chasing the big cash, now cant even represent their country, really disappointing

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    bring vernon philander in. he is due big time

  • on June 7, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    So IPL has struck another blow for SA. Steyn and Morkel played almost all matches for their teams in IPL, but cannot even complete one match for their team, sad.

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    If Morkel was Giraffe than Steyn is their Cheetha. Now, will they get the same replacement or some other animal?

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Chris Morris should be brought in; a very promising player in the ranks of the proteas......

  • HadesLogic on June 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    So that's it for SA's chances. Don't think they will even make it past the first round just like the T20 world cup last year... How can such a good team fall apart repetitively in world events? Baffling

  • SurlyCynic on June 7, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    So many decent bowlers in SA and we had an unfit Tsotsobe and overweight and mediocre Kleinveldt trundling in at over 8 per over. Now with Steyn and Morkel injured things are looking bleak.

    Tell Kleinveldt to injure himself then send out two new bowlers - any from Philander, Morris, Gqamane, Abbott, Viljoen.... all better than Kleinveldt who bangs it in halfway down the track with mediocre pace and is not suited to English conditions!

  • Jayzuz on June 7, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    That's the end of the CT for SA. Given the flat, grassless tracks being served up, I am sure he is relieved to be heading home to... ahem... greener pastures.

  • PPL11 on June 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Oh man getting worst for SA now...

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Not a gud news.... Steyn would hv to come back and perform WELL :O

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Get Hardus Viljoen in there to replace him. He has pace, aggression and mongrel in him. Morris is a nice medium pacer, forget about him.

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    he got worth for paling IPL match...

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Morne Morkel out and with FADU PLESSIS is in the squad they re out of the ICC tournament. good news for WI and PAK ..

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    well...more bad news for south africa..

  • Ali_86xz on June 7, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Poor Morkel, what can SA do without him. They had no Steyn and now no Morkel. They go together, best bowling pair ever.

  • Ali_86xz on June 7, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Poor Morkel, what can SA do without him. They had no Steyn and now no Morkel. They go together, best bowling pair ever.

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    well...more bad news for south africa..

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Morne Morkel out and with FADU PLESSIS is in the squad they re out of the ICC tournament. good news for WI and PAK ..

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    he got worth for paling IPL match...

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Get Hardus Viljoen in there to replace him. He has pace, aggression and mongrel in him. Morris is a nice medium pacer, forget about him.

  • on June 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Not a gud news.... Steyn would hv to come back and perform WELL :O

  • PPL11 on June 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Oh man getting worst for SA now...

  • Jayzuz on June 7, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    That's the end of the CT for SA. Given the flat, grassless tracks being served up, I am sure he is relieved to be heading home to... ahem... greener pastures.

  • SurlyCynic on June 7, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    So many decent bowlers in SA and we had an unfit Tsotsobe and overweight and mediocre Kleinveldt trundling in at over 8 per over. Now with Steyn and Morkel injured things are looking bleak.

    Tell Kleinveldt to injure himself then send out two new bowlers - any from Philander, Morris, Gqamane, Abbott, Viljoen.... all better than Kleinveldt who bangs it in halfway down the track with mediocre pace and is not suited to English conditions!

  • HadesLogic on June 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    So that's it for SA's chances. Don't think they will even make it past the first round just like the T20 world cup last year... How can such a good team fall apart repetitively in world events? Baffling