Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13

Injured Morkel out of third Test, Kyle Abbott in

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February 19, 2013

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Morne Morkel dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq for a duck, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 1st day, February 14, 2013
Morne Morkel will play no further part in the Pakistan Tests © AFP
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Morne Morkel, the South Africa fast bowler, will miss the third Test of the series against Pakistan due to the hamstring injury he picked up during the course of the second game. Dolphins' quick Kyle Abbott has been named as his replacement for the Test, which begins on February 22.

Rory Kleinveldt, who was already part of the Test series squad, is expected to make South Africa's starting XI though, ahead of Abbott.

Abbott's domestic form prompted his call-up, CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said: "Kyle swings the ball nicely and is another player who has earned a call-up through outstanding form at franchise level. He has done extremely well in the Sunfoil Series [the domestic first-class competition] this season.

"He had an outstanding match return of 12 for 96 against the champion, Cape Cobras, and finished the series as the leading wicket-taker [49 wickets] and an economy rate of under three to the over."

Morkel had pulled up halfway through his 21st over in Pakistan's first innings, and left the field. He came out to bowl in the second innings, but managed only 3.1 overs before his hamstring trouble flared up again, leaving Jacques Kallis with the job of finishing his over for the second time in the match.

Meanwhile, seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe is likely to have fully recovered from his ankle injury in time for the limited-overs leg of the Pakistan series, Hudson said. "We did consider Lonwabo Tsotsobe [for the Tests] but unfortunately he is still recovering from an ankle injury. He will only be fit in time for the limited overs segment of the tour."

Tsotsobe was ruled out of December's Twenty20 series against South Africa with ankle issues, but managed to play the ODIs that followed in January. He has not played any competitive cricket since.

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Posted by Harlequin. on (February 20, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

@aditya.continous - and the cricketing world grieves for their loss.

Posted by jacoblrfc on (February 20, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

@ PRAMOD_2012 A.Thomas has ruled himself out for internationals for SA so he can stay a kolpak player for Somerset. As a Somerset supporter it's great news as we can play him plus an overseas, i understand it must be frustrating as a S.African because he is a world class t20 bowler. Although stats look ordinary, he always bowls at the death, so a higher economy rate is expected.

Posted by aditya.continous on (February 20, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

another delhi daredevils player has been injured! its surprising to see the list which is ever increasing!...aaron, yadav, pathan, warner, jayawardene, morkel

Posted by ihaq1 on (February 20, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

if it had been pakistan they would have called up Savage who i thought has more control over all sort of variations in bowling...hav'nt heard about kyle abbott...kleinveld though i thought has a good batting ability...morkel's style fits in with dale and philander and if kyle is in form he should be slotted in...pakistan could be looking to play a third spinner since their fast bowling attack is floundering

Posted by satishchandar on (February 20, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

Rory can bat, have bowled in international games before with a bit success. He will be the natural replacement for anyone injured. Yet as SurlyCynic mentioned, i would prefer Morris or De Lange in place of Morne as it is a slot where they need someone who can attack with intent. If DeLange is fit, he would fit the bill perfect. 4 overs for Steyn in first spell and bring in DeLange with full pace and attack in full throttle would be the game plan. Vernon would be as lethal as ever in his conditions.. I would have Rory as replacement to Philander when injured.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (February 19, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Replacements should be like for like, the SA attack works because the bowlers are all different (even without a leftarmer). So De Lange or Chris Morris should be the longer term backups/replacements for Morkel. Abbot/Gqamane would provide backups for Dale/Vern.

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 19, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

SA should try abbot. Kleinveldt is kinda big buy but very slow mover. Sa need real replacement for morkel. SA need speedster to complement steyn and philander. if ball swings steyn can finish off. It is all about different conditions. They need Tall speedster. Short speedster always spray and they are useless.

Posted by luvindia on (February 19, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Morne Morkel is the best support bowler now. Because of the pressure he creates Steyn and Co are able to pick up wickets. Otherwise Steyn will look like Shane bond

Posted by Biohazard7279 on (February 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

I'd love to see Abbot play instead of Kleinveldt. Kleinveldt's performances have been average and I don't see him becoming the first choice backup seamer.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

another great prospect is the super quick rookie bernard young...

Posted by Robster1 on (February 19, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Will miss Morkel's pace and bounce and ability to run through a top order, but encouraged to see Abbott called up. Over the next five years there's no doubt Abbott will offer more to SA than Kleinveldt so here's hoping he plays. With De Lange and then Birch and down the line Savage all in the wings, SA's pace bowling stocks look very promising.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Morne Morkel not needed? Lol. This is the guy that just took alot of wickets against England last year and always contributes with wickets. Number 9 bowler in the world. But as is always said. You never realize what you have till its gone.

Posted by PRAMOD_2012 on (February 19, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

When will Alfonso Thomas get his chance, surely he did everything to earn a chance at least in a Twenty20 & ODI format & what is happening the my dear JP Duminy, his he recovered or not.

Please somebody answer my above two queries.

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 19, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

I don't think people are "bashing" Morkel. He is a bit inconsistent is all. And it is nice to see a newbie coming into the side, especially one that will hopefully be able to take over in 4 years time when Steyn/Philander is no longer there. Even Morkel will be on his last legs by then.

Posted by NixNixon on (February 19, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

BRETT LEE Strike rate 53.33, Average 30.82, Wickets 310 M MORKEL Strike rate 55.12, Average 29.98, Wickets 175

So as you can see from these stats, if Morkel is useless than so was brett lee

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 19, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

just continuing, morkel was decent in australia but more just best of a bad bunch

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

blessing in disguise, i like morkel as a guy i think he is one of the better and more humble cricketers but when was the last time he was any good at all?

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

I can't believe you people are actually bashing a bowler who took the maximum number of wickets for South Africa in Australia and was arguably the most consistently threatening bowler in England . Its a real shame that he doesn't get the new ball and hence has less to show for it. Philander couldn't do the job half as well Morkel does with the 15-over odd ball....Only if India had such a bowler.......

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@Sir.Ivor - His injury was a lower back issue. The coaches remodeled his action to prevent the injury from happening again. He has only just starting bowling in the 4-day competition again. He should be back at the end of the year tours.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (February 19, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

I wonder what happened to Merchant De Lange after his outstanding debut. I know he was injured some time ago. But then I suppose he would have recovered by now I suppose.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Play him ahead of Rory please... Rory is not a long term option and with this being a dead rubber, it would be as good a place as any for Kyle Abbott to start his test career

Posted by Gordo85 on (February 19, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

I am very pleased to see that Abbott is getting the recognition he deserves. No doubt he is next in line. And another good thing about him is can make runs with the willow from time to time. I also agree that Abbott should play infront of Kleinveldt since the series is basicly won and it is a dead rubber. I am a big fan of Gqamane and I am sure he will develop even further.

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 19, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

@OnlyTestsMatter - It is just what I read. I think it was in one of those question/answer things on SuperSport.

Posted by Dale_Pain on (February 19, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Kyle Abbot looks good but is listed as a medium pacer on cricinfo? I think he is a little quicker - about RMF. It is not too soon to try Morris, Gqamane or Viljoen. Steyn, Morkel, Amla, de Villiers and Smith were all younger! Gqamane and especially Morris can also bat a bit. I would fast track Morris or Gqamane as a backup bowler. Steyn, Morkel, Smith, de Villiers and Amla were all in their early 20s when they started playing tests!

Posted by OnlyTestsMatter on (February 19, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@Rhygwyn is that true, that de lange will have/now has even more pace? hectic if it is, he was super-quick already!

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 19, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

@Seether1 - Apparently they have changed de Lange's action. There was an article somewhere that he has a bit more pace and his run up is must smoother and less stressful. But he will have to play some domestic first to build confidence, get conditioned etc and make sure he can maintain the new action before tried in Test cricket. We might see him at the end of the year.

Posted by Rhygwyn on (February 19, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Real shame about Morkel but as people say he has not been as effective as Steyn and Philander. This is mostly down to his discipline. He doesn't build pressure as consistently as the other two. Batsmen can leave him far more regularly and as a result his results suffer. At 28 you have to wonder if that will change. Kleinveldt however is also just a stop gap. Abbott is a great prospect and I hope he gets to play instead.

Posted by quittthewhinging on (February 19, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

I don't think Centurion will be nearly as pace-friendly as the Wanderers. It's always struck me as being pretty neutral & rewards attacking batsmen.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 19, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

@Khaya Mteshane on (February 19, 2013, 9:15 GMT) As a future prospect they should consider playing Gqamane, the youngster has a lot to offer.

I cant wait to see Gqamane playing for the proteas ASAP too (plus de kock)

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

Morkel is too erratic and seem to have a fragile temperament. He is hopelessly overrated in my opinion. We won't won't miss him. Bring in some fresh blood!!!

Posted by Seether1 on (February 19, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Personally, I would prefer to see Marchant de Lange instead of Morkel, Kleinveld or Abbott. However it seems like he will be the type of player who will always be dogged by injuries.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

As a future prospect they should consider playing Gqamane, the youngster has a lot to offer.

Posted by bestbuddy on (February 19, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Well, Abbott is certainly deserving of his chance, he has been consistently successful for a few seasons now. That said, he is not a like for like change, being quite alot slower and not nearly as tall as morkel. A better bet may have been Viljoen or Morris of the Lions, or perhaps Gqamane or Hendricks who offer more pace and variety respectively (though it may be 1-2 seasons too early for them)

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 19, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Wouldve preferred to see Abbott than Kleiveld, Abbott is a bright young prospect and this dead rubber wouldve been perfect debut. Kleinveld looks is so unfit (fat), so much for conditioning and training...

Posted by Soso_killer on (February 19, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

I wish they could Play him instead of Rory. I am excited, and want to see how he fares. Rory is not a long-term solution anyway. I hope CSA abort with Rory and let Abbot play :-)

Posted by Fkinchille on (February 19, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

always difficult to use stats as Hudson did above, Andrew Birch had two less innings to bowl and took 40 sticks at a better economy rate...

Posted by Romanticstud on (February 19, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Morkel is not the best we have, but he did offer a foil for the other bowlers with his bounce that he extracts, but hopefully Abbott does get a chance and show us what swing he can generate ... and also Id like to see Kleinveldt drafted in for Peterson ... as I feel there won't be a need for a spinner at Centurion ...

Posted by   on (February 19, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

steyn and philander are the real danger men for Pakistan... doesnt matter whether Morkel plays or not

Posted by PureProteas49 on (February 19, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

lets see how pak handle even more swing on a green top, this is going to be even more fun

Posted by alisaqib610 on (February 19, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Not really a big deal for Pakistan that Morkel is out because the two main people they have been struggling against are Steyn and Philander.

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