T20 Challenge

Morkel set to return from injury for Titans

2017-12-06 21:09
Morne Morkel (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Morné Morkel is back from injury and will be available for selection for the Titans.

The Titans travel to Cape Town to take on the Cape Cobras in their RAM SLAM T20 Challenge encounter at Newlands on Friday.

Morkel was sidelined for six weeks after suffering a side strain in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Titans coach Mark Boucher confirmed on the club's website that the lanky fast bowler could make an appearance in Cape Town.

Morkel's inclusion will give Boucher an opportunity to rest any of his pacemen who may be carrying niggles.

Meanwhile, Dale Steyn will be playing 'close to home' at Newlands, but he may miss the trip to Durban in order to rest up for the knockout games.

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"Playing on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday could have an effect on the guys, but we've got great depth and we've earned the right to prepare for the semi-final as we see fit," Boucher told the Titans' website.

"So there'll probably be some mixing and matching, we believe we've got the momentum and so we can prepare specifically for that semi-final.

"If we play our best XI for these last two games then we basically just give ourselves one day's preparation for the semi-final, so I certainly don't have a problem giving other players an opportunity," said the former Proteas wicketkeeper/batsman.

"We have some awesome players who haven't even played a game yet, they're itching to get on the park, so that will ensure there's no complacency."

The Titans, who are runaway log leaders, have yet to lose a game in the T20 Challenge.

Play on Friday starts at 18:00.

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