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Morne Morkel
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Morne Morkel

South Africa|Bowler
Morne Morkel

INTL CAREER: 2006 - 2018

Full Name

Morne Morkel

Born

October 06, 1984, Vereeniging, Transvaal

Age

36y 295d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Playing Role

Bowler

relations

(father),

(brother),

(brother)

TEAMS

An out-and-out fast bowler, Morne Morkel stands at 1.96 metres tall and his height allows him to generate steepling and awkward bounce. At the peak of his powers, he used a combination of speed - in the upper 140 kph range - and skill to form part of South Africa's most potent pace pack. 

Son of Albert and brother of Malan and Albie, all cricketers in their own right, Morkel is undoubtedly his family's most successful sportsman. He has ranked in the ICC's top 10 bowlers in the world in all formats at some stage of his career and was No. 1 in ODIs for a period in 2011. 

Morkel cut his teeth at Easterns and rose to prominence in the 2006-07 season when he was picked for a Rest of South Africa side against the touring Indians. His 4 for 74 in Potchefstroom - a notoriously flat pitch - earned him a Test call-up and he made his debut in that series.

He spent 2007 trying to establish himself in international cricket and broke through in 2008. Morkel was the joint leading wicket-taker on South Africa's tour of England and played a key part in their first series win there since readmission. He did not take the same form into 2009 and was dropped for the final Test in a home series against Australia. 

Morkel honed his game and returned the next year, after Makhaya Ntini's retirement, to share the new ball with Dale Steyn, and had great success. He took Test 49 wickets in 2010, his highest in a calendar year. The following year he had ODI success, taking 26 wickets at 17.65 in three series which included the World Cup. 

His share of the spoils decreased after that, when South Africa added Vernon Philander to the Test pack and Morkel was moved to first-change. He was part of the South African side that dethroned England to claim the Test mace and contributed more than he received recognition for. Morkel was the top wicket-taker on the 2012 tour to Australia, where South Africa successfully defended the No. 1 ranking. 

Morkel also enjoyed bragging rights over some of the world's best batsmen. No bowler has dismissed Michael Hussey more times - eight - than Morkel and only Shane Warne had the better of Andrew Strauss as many times as Morkel - also eight. 

The subcontinent was, expectedly, more challenging for Morkel but he showed skills development when he led the attack during the 2015 tour of India. In the absence of Steyn and Philander, both injured, Morkel conjured up a spell of reverse-swing in Nagpur that was among the only highlights for South Africa in a 3-0 series defeat. 

With Test cricket a priority, Morkel's ODI and T20 career was managed and he was kept out of several bilateral series while being brought back for major tournaments. He was South Africa's leading wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup.

Morkel was also the most successful fast bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2014 IPL, the second edition they won but he was overlooked for South Africa's 2016 World T20 squad. 
Firdose Moonda

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test861601649885503096/239/11027.663.1053.301880
ODI117114576047611885/215/2125.324.9530.60720
T20I44449521191474/174/1725.347.5020.20200
FC15327885144165666/2325.463.1049.2030202
List A156150749061452395/215/2125.714.9231.30930
T20190187416052372074/174/1725.297.5520.00400
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test86104239444011.65185850.80001435250
ODI117471826832*9.2435475.7000247310
T20I4485228*7.3318122.22003150
FC15319235206282*13.13404251.0104510
List A1566525378359.4446381.64003214410
T20190512621323*8.52196108.6700167270
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Heat vs Scorchers20/4504-Feb-2021CanberraT20
Heat vs Thunder--1/3731-Jan-2021CanberraT20
Heat vs Strikers--1/3129-Jan-2021BrisbaneT20
Heat vs Strikers--0/1021-Jan-2021AdelaideT20
Heat vs Scorchers22/2419-Jan-2021Melbourne (Docklands)T20

Videos



Photos


Morne Morkel replaced Xavier Bartlett for Brisbane Heat, and immediately dismissed Callum Ferguson
Morne Morkel gets his Perth Scorchers cap
Morne Morkel is congratulated on a wicket
Morne Morkel appeals for a wicket
Morne Morkel was mobbed by his team-mates
Morne Morkel inspired Surrey's last push for victory