Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel says a change in diet has helped improve his fitness.
Morkel, 30, is married to former Channel Nine presenter-turned-holistic health-and-wellness coach, Roz Kelly, and the South African bowler has revealed that his better half urged him to opt for a more healthy diet.
Unlike Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle, who adopted a vegan lifestyle which includes eating up to 20 bananas a day, Morkel has not gone completely vegetarian.
"I still eat meat," Morkel told ESPNcricinfo. "I've just cut out my sugar intake, I am very conscious about my sugar intake and the stuff I put into my body. I've cut out fizzy drinks. I drink water and I'll mix a lot of green smoothies."
Morkel says the new diet has given him more energy which enables him to bowl longer spells.
Morkel, who has taken 154 wickets in 92 ODIs at an average of 24.69, will be hoping his new diet helps him at the current Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
He took 2-49 in South Africa's 62-run win over Zimbabwe last Sunday and will be eager to claim some Indian scalps at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.