Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 January 8, 2012

Albie Morkel replaces injured Dean Elgar

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Allrounder Albie Morkel has been called up to South Africa's one-day squad for the five-match series against Sri Lanka because of an injury to batsman Dean Elgar.

Fast bowler Wayne Parnell also suffered a pinched nerve during a SuperSport Series match but he has been cleared for the ODIs. The series begins in Paarl on January 11.

Elgar suffered a knee injury while playing for the Knights against the Cape Cobras during the SuperSport Series matches over the weekend. "It is feared that he may have suffered ligament injury, which could necessitate surgery," Cricket South Africa said in a media release.

Morkel has not played for South Africa since November 2010. He suffered an abdominal muscle tear while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League T20 and then had surgery at the beginning of the South African summer.

Morkel, however, has been in good form for the Titans, scoring 127 not out and 55 not out, and taking wickets in the ongoing SuperSport Series match against Warriors. He will join the South Africa squad on January 9.

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  • on January 10, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Now Albie Morkel have Golden Chance for show his performance..............

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    An old-school quality all-rounder !! love em' !!! welcome back ALBIE !!

  • on January 9, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Good to see him Back in Interanational matches.... Hope he will stay in his place for long time..

  • MNGholfers on January 9, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Interesting that Albi is mostly only seen as a limited overs player, yet his first-class career as an all-rounder is much more impressive than people realize. A batting ave of around 45 and a bowling ave of around 30 when taking into account that he usually only bats from 5 downwards and bowls 1st or 2nd change only then those are not bad stats at all!! Maybe we should rather be looking to get him in the test side seeing that there is gonna be a huge gap in the side when Kallis decides to call it a day. We should groom him to be batting at six in a similar role that Mcmillan used to do and get Parnell to work on his all-round game to get a solid bowling all-rounder down the order.

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Best hitter for SA at no.6/7.. They do need that type of guy.. They tried Miller but Albie s miles ahead than Miller/Ingram at lower order as hitter.. If the middle order can bat enough to get him to bat around the batting powerplay time, he can be more usefully utilised..

  • JustOUT on January 9, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    This should be the last chance for this guy. Even I was expecting more from him during the initial days of his career, but he went on from bad to worst. SA gave him lot of opportunities both in T12 & ODI, but he did not capitulate. The only series he shined was ODI against Aus in 2009. His bowling was terrible in series against Pak in UAE. Hope he comes back with a bang. That will be a huge plus for SA in middle order.

  • Sakthiivel on January 8, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    We love to see the Super King Back in International Arena....

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    I always feel for this guy...he can strike a cricket ball beautifully, i missed him a lot...now im happy to see him back...

  • aahahaa on January 8, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    aahaa, over hyped I guess didn't do much for SA or CSK albeit the chances. last chance may be. seen enough wouldn't get disappointed, if flops. proven wrong, unlikely, would be delighted

  • on January 8, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Its terrible For Elgar..!! Hes been consistent in Domestic Cricket.He got a chance and now hes missed it.. Very Happy that Albie is BACK...

  • on January 10, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Now Albie Morkel have Golden Chance for show his performance..............

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    An old-school quality all-rounder !! love em' !!! welcome back ALBIE !!

  • on January 9, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Good to see him Back in Interanational matches.... Hope he will stay in his place for long time..

  • MNGholfers on January 9, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Interesting that Albi is mostly only seen as a limited overs player, yet his first-class career as an all-rounder is much more impressive than people realize. A batting ave of around 45 and a bowling ave of around 30 when taking into account that he usually only bats from 5 downwards and bowls 1st or 2nd change only then those are not bad stats at all!! Maybe we should rather be looking to get him in the test side seeing that there is gonna be a huge gap in the side when Kallis decides to call it a day. We should groom him to be batting at six in a similar role that Mcmillan used to do and get Parnell to work on his all-round game to get a solid bowling all-rounder down the order.

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Best hitter for SA at no.6/7.. They do need that type of guy.. They tried Miller but Albie s miles ahead than Miller/Ingram at lower order as hitter.. If the middle order can bat enough to get him to bat around the batting powerplay time, he can be more usefully utilised..

  • JustOUT on January 9, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    This should be the last chance for this guy. Even I was expecting more from him during the initial days of his career, but he went on from bad to worst. SA gave him lot of opportunities both in T12 & ODI, but he did not capitulate. The only series he shined was ODI against Aus in 2009. His bowling was terrible in series against Pak in UAE. Hope he comes back with a bang. That will be a huge plus for SA in middle order.

  • Sakthiivel on January 8, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    We love to see the Super King Back in International Arena....

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    I always feel for this guy...he can strike a cricket ball beautifully, i missed him a lot...now im happy to see him back...

  • aahahaa on January 8, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    aahaa, over hyped I guess didn't do much for SA or CSK albeit the chances. last chance may be. seen enough wouldn't get disappointed, if flops. proven wrong, unlikely, would be delighted

  • on January 8, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Its terrible For Elgar..!! Hes been consistent in Domestic Cricket.He got a chance and now hes missed it.. Very Happy that Albie is BACK...

  • Robster1 on January 8, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Terrible luck for Elgar who fully deserved his call up - here's hoping his injury is not that serious. Good tho to see Albie back in SA colours. In the shorter forms of the game he's always a dangerous batsman.

  • kimian on January 8, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    The New Age Zulu Is Back !!!!! Beware Lankans !!!!

  • on January 8, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Yayyy! Albie back in the side. Gonna see some remarkable hitting now. He can easily replace Francois du Plessis and provide a far better bowling option aswell.

  • on January 8, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Great comeback Albie !!!!!!.........wish you all the success

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    albie morkel is the dan christian of SA cricket. not a bad thing, rate him highly

  • on January 8, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Albi Morkal Is a good t20 and one day international player i like him more

  • tanstell87 on January 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Indian fan here....good sense prevailed & SA selectors have named him in the squad....he still has 2-3 years of top level cricket....best of luck to Albie...

  • Nuxxy on January 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Wow what bad luck. Isn't Albie just getting back from injury?

  • on January 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    albie is a fine player! :)

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  • on January 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    albie is a fine player! :)

  • Nuxxy on January 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Wow what bad luck. Isn't Albie just getting back from injury?

  • tanstell87 on January 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Indian fan here....good sense prevailed & SA selectors have named him in the squad....he still has 2-3 years of top level cricket....best of luck to Albie...

  • on January 8, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Albi Morkal Is a good t20 and one day international player i like him more

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    albie morkel is the dan christian of SA cricket. not a bad thing, rate him highly

  • on January 8, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Great comeback Albie !!!!!!.........wish you all the success

  • on January 8, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Yayyy! Albie back in the side. Gonna see some remarkable hitting now. He can easily replace Francois du Plessis and provide a far better bowling option aswell.

  • kimian on January 8, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    The New Age Zulu Is Back !!!!! Beware Lankans !!!!

  • Robster1 on January 8, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Terrible luck for Elgar who fully deserved his call up - here's hoping his injury is not that serious. Good tho to see Albie back in SA colours. In the shorter forms of the game he's always a dangerous batsman.

  • on January 8, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Its terrible For Elgar..!! Hes been consistent in Domestic Cricket.He got a chance and now hes missed it.. Very Happy that Albie is BACK...