Morne Morkel May 28, 2012

'Who's my bunny? Wait and see'

He's not naming any names, but all will be revealed soon, says Morne Morkel
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Which dressing room is cleaner - Delhi Daredevils or South Africa? What would you like to borrow from any of them?
Oh, most certainly the South African dressing room. It is one of our policies to keep everything clean and tidy. What happens off the field you take onto the field as well. But actually everything is quite similar. We're winning far ahead with the Proteas too. In South Africa we share so much time together and here we come together for a few weeks. At the end of the day we're all there to play cricket and to win.

If I had to take something, maybe it would be the food. I really enjoy the food they dish up at the grounds here - on the odd day, to have a naan bread and a curry would be nice.

What's your shoe size?
I'm a UK 12.

Everyone wants to know if you have rescued cats from trees, using your height.
I have rescued a bird that was stuck once, but not a cat, no. There was something wrapped around the bird's leg, and there were no ladders or anything. I was close and I had this big clipper thing, so I could climb into the tree and rescue the bird, luckily.

Do you ever get angry? And shout?
I do get angry but I try not to show it to my team-mates, because that negative sort of thing can affect your team-mates. I go by the thing in the South Africa dressing room. WIN - when you write it down, it's What's Important Now. For me, it's important to focus on those things and important for my team-mates not to pick up negative vibes inside of me. Batsmen nowadays are so good at picking up the language of a bowler, and they start to think they are on top. So for me, I like to just keep it calm and relaxed.

Can you sense it when a batsman is panicking?
Oh yes, it's like an instinct you get. You can definitely pick up a batsman's body language from their eyes and their feet when you are running in. You notice it immediately.

You got Dale Steyn's wicket at the IPL and were actually embarrassed. What was that all about?
It's the first time I've played competitive cricket against Dale. We go back a long way, and we are good mates as well, on and off the field. It was not the best ball I had bowled, and I was just surprised he hit it straight to Viru. It was nice to play against Dale. He didn't say anything to me - we are mates, so we keep it clean. Between the two of us he has the shorter temper. He's an assassin - Dale's a very angry man at times.

So when you guys get to England in the summer are you going to be in their ear about how many South Africans they have playing for them?
I don't think it's necessary to tell them things that they know. For all cricketers it's going to be a new series. The main thing is to focus on the task ahead. The last thing you want to do is to get caught up in things like that. Always there will be heated moments and the team that is going to handle those moments best and with the most maturity is going to come out on top. We focus on our processes and not on the result, so we don't need distractions like that.

"I don't mind TV ads - it's obviously something different. We don't understand the work behind the scenes - why do you need so many retakes; if you get one shot just be happy with that! But I don't mind, it's good for me, so I do it"

Which of the Aussies are you friendly with?
From the current team, I'm close friends with Shaun Tait. We played for the Rajasthan Royals together in the first year. I enjoy guys like Michael Clarke - he's a great leader for them and a quality player.

How's AB de Villiers' music career going?
Since he released his first CD, AB's under a lot of pressure to perform and sing at venues. He's also the guy who wrote the team song for the Proteas. We try to keep that discreet - but AB's the man with the voice, and things are going well for him.

Do you sing? What's the best song in your repertoire?
I wouldn't say I'm great, but I enjoy singing in a team environment. There's not actually one song, there's so many; can't name any oneā€¦

Who would you say is your first bunny in international cricket then?
I'm playing against him soon, so I can't reveal his name. I don't want to get it out, but hopefully it can be seen soon and the guys can pick it up and let me know.

And your best sledge?
I don't really sledge a lot, but Albie and I sledged quite a bit. I'm trying to think of a clean one. Normally when Albie and I sledge, we do it properly.

How much weight can you bench-press?
As a fast bowler, I don't try to bulk up, so I focus on different things. But I think I'd get about 80-90kgs.

What are Sehwag's captain's speeches like with the Daredevils?
He's a man of few words, but it's good, though. What's nice, I think, is that he is relaxed when he goes about things. He is an experienced player and all his team-mates have a great respect for Viru. There's a calmness that he brings to the dressing room which is unbelievable.

Do you like doing all the TV ads? What have you done so far?
I have done a couple in India, but I don't know if they featured. There was one for a hair gel, and I've done a couple of ads for KFC back home. They are our main sponsors. We do get some KFC vouchers because of that, which is nice - there's a KFC near our house. But with KFC you need to put in a few extra hard yards.

I don't mind TV ads - it's obviously something different. We don't understand the work behind the scenes - why do you need so many retakes; if you get one shot just be happy with that! But I don't mind, it's good for me, so I do it. Often with voiceovers or if I need to read stuff out on strips, I struggle a bit, but other than that, I'm good.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 31, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Strauss is South African, does the still count as Morkels bunny?

  • serious-am-i on May 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @southpaw: ya indeed :p Some don't leave SRT which ever article its on about so the fun goes around. Anywayz forgot to leave comment on the original article, my pity. It should be def. Strauss no doubt about that.

  • SouthPaw on May 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @kiwirocker & @serious-am-i: Guys, thanks for bringing in Sachin in an article where he was totally not required! You guys really rock....

  • rahulcricket007 on May 29, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BOWLERS WHICH LOVES BOWLING TO STRAUSS . LIKE OF ZAHHER KHAN , MORKEL , WELEGEDRA , MOHAMMAD AMIR ETC . I CAN PREDICT THAT THE INFORM STRAUSS WILL GO OUT OF FORM WHEN HE WILL FACE SA QUICKS .

  • on May 28, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Sportstars shouldn't be endorsing terrible fast foods like KFC! In fact, no one should be. I can't imagine the England team being sponsored by McDonalds.

  • serious-am-i on May 28, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    ya kiwirocker you are absolutely spot on. Ajmal troubled Sachin once in WC and he is bunny wow!! You are indeed special. Sachin would be a bunny for James Anderson, god knows how many times he caught out to him not just while Anderson was bowling but Anderson the fielder also got Sachin out quite a few times.

  • ultrasnow on May 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - Stop trolling

  • on May 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Strauss is the bunny Morkel' refering to...

  • Andrabi10 on May 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Morkels bunny is strauss u can see in statsguru definently strauss strauss: 89% cook:11% chance in my op.

  • bighit14 on May 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Graeme smith is Zak's bunny. Cullinan was Warne's bunny. Is there a list somewhere?

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 31, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Strauss is South African, does the still count as Morkels bunny?

  • serious-am-i on May 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @southpaw: ya indeed :p Some don't leave SRT which ever article its on about so the fun goes around. Anywayz forgot to leave comment on the original article, my pity. It should be def. Strauss no doubt about that.

  • SouthPaw on May 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @kiwirocker & @serious-am-i: Guys, thanks for bringing in Sachin in an article where he was totally not required! You guys really rock....

  • rahulcricket007 on May 29, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BOWLERS WHICH LOVES BOWLING TO STRAUSS . LIKE OF ZAHHER KHAN , MORKEL , WELEGEDRA , MOHAMMAD AMIR ETC . I CAN PREDICT THAT THE INFORM STRAUSS WILL GO OUT OF FORM WHEN HE WILL FACE SA QUICKS .

  • on May 28, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Sportstars shouldn't be endorsing terrible fast foods like KFC! In fact, no one should be. I can't imagine the England team being sponsored by McDonalds.

  • serious-am-i on May 28, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    ya kiwirocker you are absolutely spot on. Ajmal troubled Sachin once in WC and he is bunny wow!! You are indeed special. Sachin would be a bunny for James Anderson, god knows how many times he caught out to him not just while Anderson was bowling but Anderson the fielder also got Sachin out quite a few times.

  • ultrasnow on May 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - Stop trolling

  • on May 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Strauss is the bunny Morkel' refering to...

  • Andrabi10 on May 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Morkels bunny is strauss u can see in statsguru definently strauss strauss: 89% cook:11% chance in my op.

  • bighit14 on May 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Graeme smith is Zak's bunny. Cullinan was Warne's bunny. Is there a list somewhere?

  • KiwiRocker- on May 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Sachin Tendulya is Saeed Ajmal's bunny..

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Is the bunny Cook or Strauss, please confirm.

    maybe both?

  • bighit14 on May 28, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Strauss is his bunny. Was just going through the matches he played against England and he has troubled him a lot

  • SomersetJord on May 28, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Interesting, I reckon his 'bunny' has to be Strauss or Cook, he's got them out 6 times each in 8 tests against each other, but to be fair cook had already racked up some good scores and a total 283 runs so averaging nearly 50, Strauss has only managed 153 at 25.5 and I do seem to remember him struggling against Morkels bounce so we'll just have to wait and see. Going to be an awesome series though, I just hope it lives up to the hype and people stop going on about the South African connection in the England team - that one is just plain boring now. Bring on the cricket!!

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I think he was referring to andrew strauss as his bunny Morkel loves left handed openers`

  • JustOUT on May 28, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Morkel's Bunny - Its none other than the current England captain Mr. Andrew Strauss. Prevously Strauss had an upper hand over Morkel. Even now again WI, strauss has scored 2 centuries, but Morkel with the current form, will rip him in the forth coming TEST series.

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  • JustOUT on May 28, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    Morkel's Bunny - Its none other than the current England captain Mr. Andrew Strauss. Prevously Strauss had an upper hand over Morkel. Even now again WI, strauss has scored 2 centuries, but Morkel with the current form, will rip him in the forth coming TEST series.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I think he was referring to andrew strauss as his bunny Morkel loves left handed openers`

  • SomersetJord on May 28, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Interesting, I reckon his 'bunny' has to be Strauss or Cook, he's got them out 6 times each in 8 tests against each other, but to be fair cook had already racked up some good scores and a total 283 runs so averaging nearly 50, Strauss has only managed 153 at 25.5 and I do seem to remember him struggling against Morkels bounce so we'll just have to wait and see. Going to be an awesome series though, I just hope it lives up to the hype and people stop going on about the South African connection in the England team - that one is just plain boring now. Bring on the cricket!!

  • bighit14 on May 28, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Strauss is his bunny. Was just going through the matches he played against England and he has troubled him a lot

  • TommytuckerSaffa on May 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Is the bunny Cook or Strauss, please confirm.

    maybe both?

  • KiwiRocker- on May 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Sachin Tendulya is Saeed Ajmal's bunny..

  • bighit14 on May 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Graeme smith is Zak's bunny. Cullinan was Warne's bunny. Is there a list somewhere?

  • Andrabi10 on May 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Morkels bunny is strauss u can see in statsguru definently strauss strauss: 89% cook:11% chance in my op.

  • on May 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Strauss is the bunny Morkel' refering to...

  • ultrasnow on May 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    @KiwiRocker - Stop trolling