Morne Morkel returns from injury ahead of the series against India
Morkel would be eyeing the Test series against which will commence on January 5.
Updated - Dec 7, 2017 4:10 pm
The premier South Africa bowler Morne Morkel is all set to return from injury which he sustained during the Test series against Bangladesh. The lanky pacer was ruled out of action for six weeks after bowling 5.2 overs during the first Test match against the visitors in October. Morkel will play the next T20 match for the Titans in the ongoing RAM SLAM T20 Challenge encounter. Titans will play Cape Cobras in their own den on Friday at Newlands.
South Africa is looking forward to the all-important series against India which will commence on January 5 next year. The likes of Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Vernon Philander are eyeing their international comebacks against Zimbabwe when they will one-off Boxing Day Test under lights. The game will also be a historic one as it will be the first ever international four-day Test match played under lights. The return of Morkel will further bolster the bowling attack of the Proteas as they look to unsettle the visiting Indians.
Boucher confirmed the news
The coach of the Titans, Mark Boucher confirmed the news of Morne Morkel returning from injury to the website of the club. Titans are currently enjoying a happy space as they top the points table and have already qualified for the knockouts with six wins from eight matches. The arrival of Morkel will allow Boucher to rest the regular bowlers who have played almost all the games of the season so far.
“Playing on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday could have an effect on the guys, but we’ve got great depth and we’ve earned the right to prepare for the semi-final as we see fit. So there’ll probably be some mixing and matching, we believe we’ve got the momentum and so we can prepare specifically for that semi-final,” he said. He also was eager to give the opportunity to the new players.
“If we play our best XI for these last two games then we basically just give ourselves one day’s preparation for the semi-final, so I certainly don’t have a problem giving other players an opportunity. We have some awesome players who haven’t even played a game yet, they’re itching to get on the park, so that will ensure there’s no complacency,” the former Proteas wicketkeeper/batsman concluded.