SuperSport Series

Morkel in Paarl injury scare

2012-01-26 12:32
Albie Morkel (Gallo)
Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – New Zealand-bound Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel has been struck on a wrist in the SuperSport Series match between the Titans and Cape Cobras at Paarl on Thursday and been sent to hospital for a scan.

That is according to a tweet from High Performance Centre coach Vincent Barnes, also the former South Africa bowling coach, from the venue.

Morkel, who has been selected for both the Proteas’ ODI and Twenty20 squads to tour New Zealand next month, has had a reasonably injury-jinxed season and appeared to be well on the mend from his setbacks until the latest one.

He had just bowled a very productive 5.5 overs with the new ball at the start of the Cobras’ first innings, snapping up the wickets of all of the top three of Andrew Puttick, Yaseen Vallie and Stiaan van Zyl.

But then his mishap occurred.

The national selectors will anxiously await news of his injury status, as his big-hitting potential down the order in the limited-overs arena – he has also been a standout figure for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League – is important to the cause.

Meanwhile veteran Test wicketkeeper Mark Boucher was unable to make an impression with the bat as the Cobras lost their first five wickets for 71 – he was bowled by Rowan Richards for six.

*LATEST: Morkel himself has issued a subsequent tweet saying that the x-ray has revealed no fracture.

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