Morkel added to Proteas squad

2009-11-24 14:23

Johannesburg - Morne Morkel has been added to the Proteas' Standard Bank ODI squad for the remainder of the MTN cricket series against England.

"Morne will join up with the squad in Cape Town on Wednesday," commented selection chief Mike Procter.

"He has shown good form in domestic cricket this season and was also impressive in the 50 overs match for South Africa A against England a week ago.

"He will definitely form part of our plans for the Castle Test series as well so the sooner we have him involved with the team the better," he added.

Morkel played in seven of the Proteas' 10 ODIs against Australia last season and was also part of the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in England earlier this year.


  • Beer - 2009-11-24 14:35

    If something is broken you dont fix it by using a broken spare part? Morkel has done nothing since he was rejected originally by the selectors to indicate that he deserves a spot...One swallow (game for the A team) doesnt make a summer.

  • Kolkas - 2009-11-24 14:39

    Lets hope that his accuracy has improved. If so, then I am all for the move by the Proteas. The speedster is back, but we have to wait and see if he can maybe bowl 5 out of 6 good balls this time round instead of 5 out of 6 bad balls like he was doing when he was dropped. I still think that Morne is going to be a great player. All he needed was some time to mature, and I hope his time has come. Good luck Morne, and good luck Proteas.

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-11-24 14:53

    Panic stations.

  • Kriekie - 2009-11-24 15:01

    100% correct many more opportunities does one hand someone after (lets be honest now...) failing dismally on the International Test arena?...Im sure even if he does fail (and im hopeful that he does come off this time)...he'll be given 'yet' another chance.....but thats how we roll in our national setup?!?!?

  • Stephen - 2009-11-24 15:04

    I think its a good move @Beer, sigh. He has been doing very well for his franchise and that is the only place the selectors can look for choosing a player, plus at least he has some international experience

  • JustinD - 2009-11-24 15:06

    Beer? I think youv'e had to many after such a dumb remark. Idiot!!

  • GeePMB - 2009-11-24 15:07

    I used to respect Proctor as a selector but of late, he has become so much a part of the system and is clearly being told who and who not to pick. It's little wonder that players like Trott leave our shores and end up playing against us. .

  • Eddie - 2009-11-24 15:12

    Judging by our bowling performance on Sunday it will take a miracle, not just one player, to break the run of bad form. But now that the bowling has seen a change, how about looking at the batting? I've been a Gibbs fan for years, and welcome him back, BUT WHERE IS LOODS BOSMAN? Please acknowledge form and talent. This guy deserves a break, while one or two others deserve a break from the game.

  • Syd - 2009-11-24 15:28

    When our dominance started (briefly) in World cricket, we were under A Strydom as convenor of selectors and since Mike Procter came in, I am afraid but we have not been up to the task. I think this is a lesson we need to learn. Procter, for me, is just not brave enough and his selections testify this. We need new blood and CJ De Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, D Smit should be in the team in place of J Kallis (H Gibbs), M Boucher, C Langeveldt. I know he has don it in the past and all of them but, it is time to get rid of the dead wood. Even M Arthur should go as he has not delivered on what he promised the nation (which is winning the WC) and on his mandate

  • Cupboard is Bare - 2009-11-24 15:28

    This in a sad indictment on SA Cricket. Are the other bowlers on the circuit so incapable that they have to resort to this oke. He bowled something like 15 wides in the match against the Lions, he is okay for Test matches not ODI's. Well I suppose it makes sense seeing that this comes from selectors that still think Boucher is the best wicketkeeper/batsman in the country!

  • VINCENT - 2009-11-24 15:40


  • Wiggle - 2009-11-24 15:43

    ....Gibbs will get a ton on Friday and Parnell 5 sculps - a veteran and a rookie - who are surely folk who will increase the no's @ the grounds.

  • Whitelightning - 2009-11-24 15:46

    @ JustinD oh this Justin idiot is at it again. You always write about critics, you not see yourself that you are a bigger one. Don't you have intellect to comment on a cricket topic instead of bashing people's comment? Couldn't agree more with you Beer the Morkel brothers have potential but yet to deliver. They are just overrated.

  • JC - 2009-11-24 15:48

    First it was Wayward Hayward now its Moertoe Morne what a joke he could not hit the wickets even if they put up 6 in a row

  • Kriekie - 2009-11-24 15:54

    im so glad u mentioned the dead wood...Boucher (number 1 on my dead wood list)...Kallis (2nd)...and my list goes on yes Proctor is justified in leaving out Ntini....why so hard to leave out these two?...and lets be honest , there are tons of decent top order bats around our country...(more so in the WK department)...are we willing to break records for number after tests and games played, rather than winnig tests or 1 days?

  • Fire the Lot - 2009-11-24 15:55

    Fire the selectors, coaching staff and captain! Get the guys who are ready to make brave decisions, Jennings as head coach, Donald bowling coach, Peter Kirsten batting coach, someone like Rice as chief selector, Smith can keep his job as test captain.

  • AD Fan - 2009-11-24 15:58

    nobody can match Pollock,Donald, maybe its time Allan Doanld quits training England and asssit in grooming our protea bowlers. White lightning was excellent, Morkel , Steyn all dnt have that vibrancy

  • Just Cricket - 2009-11-24 16:03

    @Beer. @Cupboard is Bare. Morne Morkel is joint top wicket taker in the SS series with J Louw and P Harris. His economy rate is a very respectable 2.97 runs per over when most bowlers are going at 3 or more rpo. Morkel is also joint 2nd highest wicket taker in the MTN40 after L Tsostobe and F Plaatjies with an economy rate of 5.52 when most bowlers are going for over 6 rpo. That makes him the highest wicket taker in domestic cricket this season (23 wickets, 8 matches) with a very respectable economy rate. Won't you pick the best also? @Cupboard is Bare "He bowled something like 15 wides in the match against the Lions". Huh what games was that mate? If your taking about the MTN40 game he bowled 6 wides! Against Eagles 3 wides. In the SS series he has bowled 8 wides in 5 matches only. Get your facts straight morose gallinaceous troglodyte.

  • Burgiesburnin and the like will disappear when England lose - 2009-11-24 16:06

    @Eddie, who is Loods Bosman, if its suppose to be Loots Bosman he has been terrible at domestic cricket 85 runs. Why this fixation with bosman, or is it another lame attempt at whining that there are not enough black people in the side. Anyway Morne van Wyk and Jacques Rudolph has scored the most runs

  • Sasha - 2009-11-24 16:11

    Let's try this again: Loots Bosman is injured. Injured players cannot be chosen to play in a game. Simple. I hope he is considered when he recovers though..

  • ZuntQQA - 2009-11-24 16:19

    as if the team is not unstable enough! Morne Morkel sucks, always has, always will!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @ Just Cricket - 2009-11-24 16:22

    More useless stats, highest wicket-taker in SS in case you don't know limited overs is completely different. Going @ 5.52 an over is not good enough, why not bring in Johan Louw - he goes for half that and his average is better. So Morkel is not the best bowler available!

  • Nick - 2009-11-24 16:33

    The idiots who don't know who Bosman is clearly don't watch too much cricket, including his two knocks in the T20 games. Gibbs has had too many chances, time for youngsters to come though.

  • devilsadvocate - 2009-11-24 16:45

    Morose, gallinaceous troglodyte = knorrige, hoenderagtige grotbewoner. Well said, Just Cricket! We do need bowlers with a bit of variety in their attack - MM certainly provide this: wides, no-balls, all at great velocity. It will work against the English.

  • Lily White - 2009-11-24 17:01

    I so wish ppl on here would stop calling others idiots, and just look in the mirror. Anyway, the point is not about what his form in domestic cricket. I think most people are complaining about the fact that he has been given so many chances in the international arena and has never impressed anyone. What makes them think this time will be different? Give others a chance. Between the quota system and this blatant favoritism from the selectors, it's no wonder we lose players to other countries.

  • arthur - 2009-11-24 17:09

    Why oh why do the same players keep on getting selected!!!!!! Herselle is past his sell by date!!! Morne is simply not good enough ( Our own answer to Steve Harmisson) The make up of the side is so haphazard. If we can't defend a total with our bowling attack, surely one shouls bolster the batting line-up. I feel sorry for AB de Villers and JP Duminy, they are really batting out of their comfort zones Selectors need to think and rethink this bizzare strategy of five batsmen and four mediocre all rounders

  • Chucky - 2009-11-24 17:14

    No politics = top players staying in SA = not playing for other teams = No batting or bowling problems. However we should still "klap" the English this Summer.

  • Miked - 2009-11-24 18:05

    @Kriekie, What did our Great talent do on Sunday???? Suggest you study all the stats on Kallis before making such stupid remarks. He is one our best first change bowlers as well and lets not forget his years of experience. With that in mind why the hell would we want to drop one of the all time cricket greats. Sounds like you are on the selection panel.

  • Gavin - 2009-11-24 21:25

    There is an old Pool Hall saying "Calling all pockets" and this further inclusion smacks of just that. Call up as many "new" faces as you can and hope one saves you. Panic maybe??

  • Neil - 2009-11-25 10:27

    Something off the track. Can someone tell me why the oufits are adorned with Standard Bank logos when the series is sponsored by MTN???

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