Morkel worry for Proteas

2012-09-17 15:39

Colombo - All-rounder Albie Morkel will be monitored overnight after suffering lower back spasms during South Africa’s ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match against New Zealand here on Monday.

Morkel blasted an unbeaten 15 runs off 4 balls to lift the Proteas to a commanding score of 186, but was only able to bowl nine balls before leaving the field.

“He (Morkel) first felt the pain when he hit the six while he was batting, but he thought that it was something minor," Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

"He aggravated it while he was bowling and came off as a precautionary measure to receive treatment from our physio, Brandon Jackson.

“We will see how he does overnight, if he doesn’t improve substantially by tomorrow (Tuesday) morning he will have to have an MRI scan.”

The Proteas beat the Kiwis by nine runs. They square up against Zimbabwe in their opening match in Hambantota on Thursday.


  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-17 15:42


  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-17 15:52

    Get well soon! He is one of the better finisher of games. We will need him.

  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-17 16:22

    Ouch. Hopefully it will be like JK's back spasms in the Eng Tests, where just some rest and physio enabled him to continue both bowling and batting.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-09-17 16:25

    No great loss. Comes off with the bat once in a blue moon and his bowling is weak.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-17 16:42

      And who do you replace him with???

      riaanvdmerwee - 2012-09-17 16:43

      Jy is n swaap

      marko.geldenhuys.5 - 2012-09-17 16:59

      agreed. you can replace him with a disabled goat, munching grass on the outfield and it will have the same effect on the team.

  • marko.geldenhuys.5 - 2012-09-17 16:53

    his best is 43, and his average 23. economy rate of 8. after almost 40 games. no great loss here.

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