Proteas

Morkel: I was told I'll never play cricket again

2017-02-16 18:28
Morne Morkel (Getty)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel says he was told by a medical professional that he might never play cricket again.

Morkel, 32, has been unavailable for the Proteas since suffering from a back injury at the Caribbean Premier League in July 2016.

Since then, Morkel has made various attempts to return to the game after playing a Sunfoil Series match for the Titans and three warm-up fixtures during the Proteas' Test tour to Australia.

However, he was deemed unfit to play in the Proteas Test series victory in Australia last year as well as their whitewash Test triumph over Sri Lanka in January.

The fast bowler is hoping to return to the Proteas line-up for their Test series against New Zealand in March.

Morkel has also withdrawn himself from this year's IPL in order to be fully fit for the England Test series in July.

He spoke ahead of the Titans opening fixture of the One Day Cup, saying that he was doubtful over his cricketing career.

"No one was 100 percent sure of what was going on with my back and to be honest there was a time when I was in doubt about my future‚" Morkel told the Times Live website.

"I was told that I would never be able to play cricket again.

"One doctor actually told me that my days as a player were numbered, which was not a nice thing to hear."

Morkel will play his first game in three months when the Titans kick-off their One Day Cup campaign on Friday.

The Titans take on the Dolphins at Centurion on Friday (14:00).

Read more on:    titans  |  proteas  |  one day cup  |  morne morkel  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
24 May 2017
England v South Africa, Leeds 00:00
27 May 2017
England v South Africa, Southampton 00:00
29 May 2017
England v South Africa, London 00:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

Proteas batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand and England and Bangladesh. Should he just retire?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.