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Morne Morkel

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
South Africa, Africa XI, Easterns, Easterns/Northerns XI, Kent, Rest of South Africa, South Africa A, Titans, Yorkshire, Kolkata, Delhi, Rajasthan
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
16
Batting:
0
Bowling:
7
Batting:
0
Bowling:
48
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
October 06, 1984, Vereeniging, Transvaal

Profile

A tall, lanky fast bowler, Morne Morkel made his first-class debut for Easterns against West Indians in 2004. He soon impressed with his pace and bounce and was hailed as a national potential by Alan Donald. It was in 2006/07 that Morkel caught the eyes of selectors during India's tour of South Africa. A brilliant display of fast bowling saw him rip through the Indian top order with figures of 4/29 at Potchefstroom. Three weeks later, he received his first international call-up and replaced Dale Steyn who was ruled out, in the second Test against India at Durban. A fit Steyn, however, won back his place in the next match.

He made his ODI debut for Africa XI against Asia XI and was then selected for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 where he emerged as South Africa's best bowler with nine wickets at 13.33 and an economy rate of 6.00. Consistent performances in the limited overs internationals against West Indies at home paved the way for a Test recall in the away series against Bangladesh and he straightaway got back to his wicket-taking business with a five-for in just his second Test in Dhaka. Morkel slowly made himself a permanent fixture in South Africa's three-pronged attack that featured the dangerous Steyn and veteran Makhaya Ntini. The trio's best performances came in India, when the hosts were bowled out for a mere 76 in all but 20 overs and eventually paved the way to a lead in the series.

Morkel's second international five-wicket haul came against a visiting England side, in a match where he led South Africa's bowling attack. Morne has also participated in the Indian T20 league. He initially played for Rajasthan and was bought by Delhi later. In the 2014 edition, he was purchased by Kolkata. His searing pace and steep bounce sets him apart from the other bowlers and he, along with Dale Steyn, has formed one of the most lethal bowling combinations in world cricket over the years.


Fast Facts

  • Morne Morkel was named South Africa's Player of the Year 2008.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 56 67 682 10 11.96 49.74 0 0 40
ODI 73 30 177 9 8.42 76.95 0 0 25
T20 38 5 16 3 8.00 123.07 0 0 8*
IPL 43 18 117 7 10.63 140.96 0 0 23*
CLT20 8 2 18 1 18.00 105.88 0 0 18*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 56 106 10968 5855 189 6/23 / 30.97 3.20 9 6 0 295
ODI 73 72 3663 2919 124 5/38 / 23.54 4.78 6 1 0 159
T20 38 38 808 985 45 4/17 / 21.88 7.31 2 0 0 50
IPL 43 43 1008 1276 48 4/20 / 26.58 7.59 1 0 0 42
CLT20 8 7 168 220 9 3/19 / 24.44 7.85 0 0 0 6
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 14 0 0
ODI 19 0 4
T20 4 0 2
IPL 4 0 2
CLT20 2 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2006-2014
 
ODI:
2007-2013
 
T20:
2007-2014
 
IPL:
2009-2014
 
CLT20:
2012-2013
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs India at Kingsmead, Durban - Dec 26, 2006
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town - Mar 01, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Africa XI Vs Asia XI at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Jun 06, 2007
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Kingsmead, Durban - Dec 08, 2013
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs West Indies at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Sep 11, 2007
Last played:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong - Mar 24, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Rajasthan Vs Bangalore at SuperSport Park, Centurion - May 07, 2009
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Delhi at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Apr 19, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Delhi Vs Kolkata at SuperSport Park, Centurion - Oct 13, 2012
Last played:
Titans Vs Trinidad and Tobago at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad - Sep 30, 2013
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