March 18, 2018

Morne Morkel to quit global cricket after series against Australia

02 March 2018, 07:55 | Randolph Howard

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"We're going to have to start well and win this first Test match in Durban". I think they broke all records, whether they were at the ground or watching, streaming or listening on the radio.

"I think the ball moves around a lot more in South Africa than in Australia; both teams have very good bowling attacks".

"I'm always going to be a phone call away for the younger guys who want to have a chat". His consistency and menace only grew and he was South Africa's leading wicket-taker on their tour to England in 2017.

With the Proteas putting in a few "requests" for more favourable surfaces during that series, South African coach Ottis Gibson said last week that they will "leave the groundsmen to prepare the best possible pitches that they can".

Opener Cameron Bancroft was the only one thought to be under pressure for his place, but Steve Smith and the selectors have stuck by the West Australian for the Test in Durban.

However, only captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, veteran spinner Nathan Lyon and Shaun Marsh are remnants of that victorious Australian Test squad. In the first Test against England, when the chips were down, he bowed his head and scored his slowest Test century - winning the match and starting the slide for England that series. As cricket-lovers, we can only hope that the batsmen conjure up some of the magic that "Afghanistan" - one of the crueller nicknames for Mark "The Forgotten" Waugh - showed us in the Eastern Cape just over two decades ago. But on coastal wickets at the end of the summer, which should be slightly slower than usual, Maharaj is nearly certain to be included and Elgar believes both he and Nathan Lyon will play a big part in the series. Top of the list is Morné Morkel's announcement on Monday that the series would be his last as an global player.

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South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel says he will retire from all forms of worldwide cricket after the upcoming test series against Australia.

A number of worldwide African players have in recent past made a decision to retire to sign a Kolpak deal.

"I know all of the curators in Australia would tell us where to get off if we'd tell them take all the grass off and make it spin". But that person, Klaasen, is unlikely to play as soon as the first Test, where South Africa will back their big names to come good.

South Africa have won their last three series in Australia, a place where most other sides go to be stripped of pride, dignity and even their skills.

"With Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc and the five South Africa quicks they have - that is a bloody good attack".

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