ICC World T20 2012 September 18, 2012

Injury scare for Albie Morkel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Albie Morkel, the South Africa allrounder, is an injury worry after he sustained lower back spasms in a warm-up match against New Zealand at the World T20 on Monday. Morkel batted four deliveries and hit 15 runs, including a six, but was only able to bowl nine balls before leaving the field.

He underwent* an MRI scan on Tuesday but it proved inconclusive. He will undergo a fitness test on Thursday, before South Africa take on Zimbabwe, to determine his availability for the game.

"Albie woke up feeling much better this morning (Tuesday) but we sent him for an MRI scan as a precautionary measure. The results from the scan are inconclusive but the positive aspect for us is that he is improving by the day," Mohammad Moosajee, team manager said. "He will continue to receive treatment from the team physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson and a decision on his availability for our opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 will only be taken on Thursday morning, subject to him passing a fitness test."

The latest niggle is not the only injury Morkel has battled with recently. An ankle sprain ruled him out of contention for the second Test between South Africa and England in early August. Although he was unlikely to feature in the starting XI, the tweak was serious enough for South Africa to call up a replacement in Faf du Plessis.

Morkel's injury this time is likely to have a greater impact on the team balance. Morkel and Jacques Kallis are the only two seam-bowling allrounders in the squad. His role in the middle order and reputation as a finisher is something South Africa will be looking forward to using.

* - 1430 GMT, September 18, 2012 - The story was updated to include the result of the MRI scan

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  • Arupam on September 20, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Get well soon. It will be a shame to see his talent go wasted in this tournament. But I guess health comes first...best of luck Albie

  • Thabang on September 18, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Get well soon,hope they rest u in the game against Zimbabwe.U are the most underused player in T20 cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    get well soon Albie. we wanna c u in action soon. may God bless u to recover soon.

  • Kunal on September 18, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Wow! The only major hitter in the side I support! As if the 'C' word wasn't enough... Get well soon Albie. Else "Good Luck" will become hugely important!

  • Satish on September 18, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Albie should be a automatic choice in the starting 11 if he is fit. I certainly don't see a more brutal hitter than Albie in SA team. Even ABD is a tiny notch below Albie when it comes to big hitting. Good luck Albie to be fit and SA for the tournament.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    One of the best strikers in T20. Get well soon Albie, the Proteas need you.

  • Supern on September 17, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Albie all the best...Fans want to see you in action....

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