Antoinette Muller

Morkel 'it's our time'...

2013-06-05 12:09
Sport24 columnist Antoinette Muller (File)

The last time the Champions Trophy took place, in 2009 in South Africa, Morne Morkel was unlucky to miss out on a place in the squad. He’s part of the side this team though and ahead of South Africa’s opening clash against India on Thursday, he hopes the tournament can be fruitful for the Proteas.

“Every year the rules are changed and makes it more challenging. For me to win a World Cup or to play in a World Cup is important to be involved in events like this one, is exciting,” Morkel added.

The ICC have opted to do away with the tournament, in favour of a Test Championship,  and while it’s highly unlikely that the tournament will be remembered beyond July when England begin a back-to-back Ashes series, South Africa have a real chance to  set the foundation for a legacy in the shorter format of the game. They’ve come miles in the Test format, but haven’t quite clicked in the shorter format of the game. Tactics, exploiting the seam-friendly conditions and coming together as a unit will be key for the Proteas. They might not win the tournament, but with such a delicate mix of veterans and rookies, they might very well put on one heck of a memorable show.

Antoinette Muller is a freelance writer who writes mainly about soccer and cricket for The Daily Maverick or anybody else who will have her...

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