Morkel 'fine' after nasty bouncer

2017-03-17 16:29
Morne Morkel (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel is 'fine' after being hit on the head by a nasty bouncer during day two of the second Test against the Black Caps in Wellington on Friday.

Morkel was struck on his helmet by a lofty bouncer bowled by Tim Southee in the 92nd over.

Morkel fell to the floor after the blow, as Southee and some of the Black Cap players surrounded him.

After a few minutes, Morkel stood up and received some medical attention, but continued for the final four overs of the day.

Vernon Philander (36*) and Morkel (31*) share an unbroken final wicket stand of 47 with the Proteas in a commanding position at 349/9.

"He's fine, nothing too bad," De Kock told reporters on Friday.

"It looked like it hit him quite hard, it was kind of funny actually, but he's okay - he'll survive.

"Hopefully tomorrow he steams in and gets us a couple of early wickets."

The lanky South African bowler is also closing in on a personal best highscore, as he sits nine short of the 40 he made in Sydney, Australia in 2009.

Morkel and Philander resume for the Proteas with a 81-run lead on day three of the second Test (00:00 SA time).

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