‘Morkel lacking an edge’

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May 31, 2017
‘Morkel lacking an edge’

BACKSEAT: SA's Morne Morkel

Experienced South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel will in all likelihood watch from the stands when the Proteas start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Morkel missed the first two matches of South Africa’s three-match series against England, but returned in the final clash on Monday – a match the Proteas won by seven wickets despite already losing the series.

The 32-year-old, though, failed to claim any scalps as Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell ripped through the England batting line-up with relative ease.

Of Morkel, coach Russell Domingo says: “He [Morkel] only bowled four overs.

“It’s a catch-22 situation; having Morne might strengthen our bowling but it gives us a longer tail not having the three allrounders.

“He hasn’t played ODI cricket in a while. It’s good to have him back.

“He has had a long injury and a long lay-off and the players who have played in his absence have done really well.

“I always felt it to be fair to them to give them first bite. Morne is a quality bowler and it is great to have him back in the mix.”

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