Full name Morne Morkel
Born October 6, 1984, Vereeniging, Transvaal
Current age 36 years 111 days
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Easterns, Kent, Kolkata Knight Riders, Perth Scorchers, Rajasthan Royals, St Lucia Zouks, Titans, World-XI, Yorkshire
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||South Africa v India at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Mar 30-Apr 3, 2018 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Africa XI v Asia XI at Bengaluru, Jun 6, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v India at Centurion, Feb 16, 2018 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Sep 11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v World-XI at Lahore, Sep 15, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Easterns v West Indians at Benoni, Jan 9-12, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Hampshire v Surrey at Arundel, Aug 15-18, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Titans v Dolphins at Centurion, Dec 7, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, May 2, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v Titans at Leicester, Sep 16, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat at Adelaide, Jan 21, 2021 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/10||Heat||v Strikers||Adelaide||21 Jan 2021||T20|
|2/24, 2||Heat||v Scorchers||Melbourne (Docklands)||19 Jan 2021||T20|
|1/29||Heat||v Renegades||Canberra||14 Jan 2021||T20|
|33, 0/28, 0||Surrey||v Hampshire||Arundel||15 Aug 2020||FC|
|0/18||Scorchers||v Thunder||Sydney||26 Jan 2020||T20|
|0/23||Spartans||v Paarl Rocks||Paarl||16 Dec 2019||T20|
|2/22||Spartans||v Giants||Port Elizabeth||13 Dec 2019||T20|
|1/30||Spartans||v Giants||Port Elizabeth||3 Dec 2019||T20|
|1/21, 2*||Spartans||v Blitz||Cape Town||1 Dec 2019||T20|
|2/22||Spartans||v Paarl Rocks||Centurion||29 Nov 2019||T20|
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.
South Africa Player of the Year 2008