“Don’t reconsider your future. South Africa needs you.
Your performances against England in the Test series were the best I have seen you bowl in a very, very long time,” said Allan Donald, former legendary South African bowler, speaking about Protea spearhead Morné Morkel.
Morkel captured 19 wickets at an average of 26.36 in the recent Investec Test Series against England, including a best innings-haul of 4-41 at Old Trafford. He was the leading light of the bowling attack alongside Vernon Philander.
The former South African assistant coach and strike bowler, who nipped out 330 wickets in 72 Tests, said Morkel’s dedication and commitment is unwavering. This is high praise indeed, as Donald is considered one of the very finest players ever produced by South Africa. He was a perennial match-winning fast bowler during the 1990’s. At his peak, he could devastate top-orders while operating at 150 km/h.
Morkel has always been perceived as a bowler who can knock left-handed batsmen over. “I don’t think Andrew Strauss wanted to face him again after the 2012 series. In this series, Morkel did the job against both left and right-handers.
“It is an injustice that no South African bowler completed a five-wicket haul, especially Morkel,” remarked Donald.
Morkel has 272 wickets to his name in 78 tests, but at the age of 32 he is definitely not in the twilight of his career. He is approaching the summit.
White Lightning said Morkel spoke about rethinking his future upon his return to South Africa, but he would plead with him to continue. “Give him what he wants. Let him retire on his terms. We need him this summer. I have not seen him bowl this well for many, many seasons.
“There’s no doubt. Morkel is world-class. It is just a shame that he did not take bucket loads of wickets in England because he deserved it,” Donald said.
“He beat the bat on countless occasions without reward.”