Morkel backed to make impact

2014-02-27 22:55

Cape Town - Dale Steyn, the world's number one Test bowler, says his team mate Morné Morkel will be the player to watch when South Africa play Australia in the series-deciding Third test starting at Newlands on Saturday.

Steyn tore through the Australian batting on Sunday to drive his side to a 231-run second Test win in Port Elizabeth that levelled the series at 1-1.

But on a Newlands wicket that is likely to be quicker with greater bounce, he believes Morkel may well be the most effective of the South African pace attack.

"I thought Morné bowled extremely well on a flat wicket in Port Elizabeth and did the business.

"It was a different Morné from what we have seen," Steyn told reporters on Thursday.

"He was bowling up at 150km/h, bouncing the batsmen and when you are in the field watching that, it lifts everybody.

"Morné was the guy who really started things off for us in that first innings and he didn't get the credit he deserved."

Steyn has been the spearhead of the South African attack during their rise to number one in Test cricket.

"Often regarded as angry and aggressive, he says he is misunderstood.

"It's focused aggression, I have to be in that state of mind to put in those kinds of spells," Steyn says.

"If I am thinking about teddy bears when I come in to bowl I'll serve up half-volleys for the batsmen to smash.

"I feel like I have to be ready for a fight. It's a bit embarrassing when I watch it on the news afterwards, but it helps my country get results and that is the most important thing."

Steyn would not be drawn into the furore started by Australia opener David Warner, who said his team believed AB de Villiers was using his wicketkeeper gloves to tamper with the ball, helping South Africa's fast bowlers to find reverse swing.

"I haven't followed the story much, to be honest, but a lot of us play cricket in India where you learn to bowl with different skills.

"It would be a lot better if people were rather talking about how well you execute your skills."

The 30-year-old is looking forward to returning to Newlands, where South Africa have lost one of their last 16 Tests and where many of the team, Steyn included, play their provincial cricket.

"You get great crowds, it's an amazing place to play cricket.

"We know how to play here, a lot of the guys from the Cape Cobras play in this national side.

"Vernon (Philander) is the king of Newlands and his experience of bowling here is a great help."


  • Kevin Robarts - 2014-02-27 21:40

    Guaranteed Vernon Philander will be top wicket taker

      UNITY - 2014-02-27 23:07

      Nice words Steyn had to say bout Morkel ..and philander. Having a squad that is passionate bout winning this series,will bring out the best of any wicket..

      Common Sense - 2014-02-28 07:02

      I know some people might thumbs down on this one. But I feel it's an appropriate piece of advice to Morkel regarding his aggressiveness during his bowling spells: Why purr like a kitten... WHEN YOU CAN ROAR LIKE A LION!?!?!

      Trix Roux - 2014-02-28 07:26

      Kitsy kitsy miaaw.

  • Jon Low - 2014-02-27 22:48

    All that counts is taking wickets.

      alberti.strydom - 2014-02-28 07:12

      BS! I garentee you. If morkel wasnt bowling like he did... We would be hoping for a drawn series at newlands. The bowling attack works as a team... One applys massive amounts of presure and installs fear in their minds and the next comes in to take the wickets. You ideotes know nothing about cricket if you didnt see how amazing morne bowld!

  • Richard Barnes - 2014-02-27 23:41

    "but a lot of us play cricket in India where you learn to bowl with different skills." So tell me again why CSA should prevent our players from playing in the IPL? IPL experience and bowling in Indian conditions is a massive help to our guys.

  • musal - 2014-02-28 00:49

    Do as master said all d best Pure Proteas

  • JordMavis - 2014-02-28 01:16

    What gentlemen the Proteas are compared to bogans like Warner. Not the Proteas'fault that he is so short; he should have a go at his parents

      Jon Low - 2014-02-28 02:19

      Remember Andre Nel? Is Dale Steyn far behind?

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-28 03:35

    Ja steyn u have to back ur friend coz u dont want him to get dropped but in ur heart u knw how useless he is coz u and vern are taking all the wickets

      David McCallum - 2014-02-28 07:52

      like the petersons and 1 good innings of 20 duminy

      Ricky Correia - 2014-02-28 08:52

      I just love armchair critics who probably have never even held a real cricket ball in their hands before.

      David McCallum - 2014-02-28 09:01

      ricky .not sure about baainaar but I played plenty

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-02-28 03:37

    Parney set it up not quota morkel

      Trix Roux - 2014-02-28 07:28

      You're a quota forumer!

      Ricky Correia - 2014-02-28 08:54

      Umm, Parnell didn't even bowl in the second innings. Shows how much you know. Either that, or you're just a bored 13 year old kid sitting at home and who has nothing better to do than trolling.

  • Jon Munro - 2014-02-28 07:25

    Wow Alberi please learn how to spell. Uneducated fool. Praat liewer Afrikaans jou idioot.

  • Clive Marz - 2014-02-28 08:33

    Let's just hope that all these well versed SA cricketers can remain fit to do the job and not PULL UP with some or another injury which they have been playing with !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ryan Brewster - 2014-02-28 09:02

    "Morné was the guy who really started things off for us in that first innings and he didn't get the credit he deserved." I think that all people who truly know cricket, appreciate and recognise Morne's performance in this test. To me, even though he did not get plenty of wickets, it was 1 of his best performances.

  • Nuusman Ekke - 2014-02-28 09:06

    Hoop so want Morkel word ver oorskat en baie wissel vallig.

  • Alfredo Alfacinha - 2014-02-28 09:49

    come boys lets kick aussie ass

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