LAASTE KANS: Morne Morkel
Die een se dood is die ander se brood.

And Morne Morkel must be thinking that the suspension of Kagiso Rabada for the rest of the series against Australia will allow him the perfect opportunity to end his Test career on a high.

Morkel announced he would end his international career after the four-Test series.

After failing to take a wicket in the first innings of the Durban Test - which South Africa lost by 118 runs - Morkel claimed three scalps in the second innings, but was dropped for the PE Test.

His absence didn’t seem to bother the team much as Rabada stepped up to take 11 wickets in the clash, before receiving a two-match ban.

Morkel, though, should be a shoo-in to replace SA’s premier fast bowler in the third Test.

With Dale Steyn still an injury doubt, the door is open for Morkel to finish his career in style.

Cricket South Africa, meanwhile, is reportedly seeking legal advice on Rabada’s appeal to his two-match suspension.

Of the events that led to the suspension, Rabada says: “I let the team down. It’s going to have to stop.

“I can’t keep doing this because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down. I would have loved to be playing in the next game.”

He adds: “I won’t change the way I express myself, I will just stay as far away from the batter.

“There’s a lot of grey areas as well, but the rules are the rules.

“If I knew I had done it deliberately, then I would not have gone to contest.

“But honestly I never even felt contact in that moment, because I was so pumped up.”

The other option available to coach Ottis Gibson is to go with young allrounder Wiaan Mulder for the Test at Newlands, which starts on March 22.

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