Ram Slam T20 Challenge

Albie Morkel injures ankle

Firdose Moonda

April 7, 2013

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Albie Morkel swung the game Chennai Super Kings' way, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Chennai, April 12, 2012
Albie Morkel bowled only 2.3 overs in the Ram Slam T20 final against Titans © AFP
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Albie Morkel left the field after bowling 2.3 overs in the Ram Slam T20 final with an ankle injury. However, he dispelled concerns over his participation in the IPL by *tweeting the next morning that he will be leaving for India on Monday after undergoing a scan. Scan went well. Will be on my way to India today," he said.

While sending down his 15th delivery of the innings, Morkel turned on his left ankle and fell onto the pitch, where he lay for several seconds before turning over with a grimace. He was treated on field and had to be helped off.

Morkel returned to bat later in the match although he appeared in some discomfort. He limped through his runs put batted for 29 minutes before becoming the last man out.

"We don't know how bad it is yet. He will have to get it checked out," Titans captain Henry Davids said after the game. "He turned over his ankle, which can be quite serious. But it was good that he could come out and bat again, he is a very destructive player."

This is not the first time Morkel has been troubled by ankle problems. He picked up a similar injury on South Africa's tour of England last July. On that occasion, Morkel required only 10 days to recover.

CSK's other big South African signing, Faf du Plessis, will miss the first four weeks of the IPL with a lower-back problem which will leave them without two key players. They will, however, have the services of Chris Morris in their squad.

*The story has been updated after Morkel's tweet confirmed he was leaving for India

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Srinath BadriNarayanan on (April 9, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

comm'on albie... recover fast...!!! you can do it!! virat kohli is expecting you! :P #whistle podu #raise your hands !!

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

Albie u have done great things for CSK.Hope ur presence this time will be much more important for CSK.Hope to see u on 10th against Kings XI

Posted by SurlyCynic on (April 8, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

When he was lying on the pitch in agony and they were calling for the stretcher I actually thought he'd broken his ankle. Glad to see he's ok.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

CSK is not complete without Albie.... Get well soon!!! Waiting to see you hard hitting !!!

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 8, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

That CSK v RCB match, IPL5. Those 6es by Albie. Which CSK fan will forget that? Get well soon Albie. CSK needs you.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

pls recover soon...waiting to see u soon at chennai

Posted by JBSA on (April 8, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Fingers Crossed for our Albie

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