Traumatic UK start for Morkel

2012-07-09 12:52

Cape Town – There was a “warm” greeting to bowling duty for Morne Morkel as the Proteas opened their English tour in a two-day warm-up match against Somerset at Taunton on Monday.

Introduced to the attack as second change against the county side, the lanky paceman – presumably well short of a gallop after coming out of the SA winter – suffered the rare indignity of every ball of his first over being thrashed to the boundary by Somerset’s Peter Trego.

The 31-year-old Trego is described in his Cricinfo profile as one who “gives the ball a hefty thump” and it appears he lived up to his reputation in Morkel’s loosening over.

After two overs, Morkel had conceded 30 runs but tightened up his concession rate as his stint progressed.

It was a strange start in general terms to the tour as Somerset, who opted to take first strike after winning the toss, lost their first two wickets to run-outs to quickly be reduced to six for two.

Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe also got in the wickets column as the home side found themselves in further trouble at 32 for four, but then Trego and James Hildreth, both closing in on half-centuries, merrily guided them well past the 100-mark without further setback.

The match is not an official first-class one, with the Proteas fielding a squad of 13 and Somerset allowed to give appearances to as many as 14 players.

South Africa need to hit their straps fairly quickly over the course of two warm-up fixtures as the first Test starts at The Oval next Thursday.

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  • jono.qmann - 2012-07-09 13:28

    go fetch your mistakes lol

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-09 14:09

      and to think there was 13 men on the field... The bowling must have been shait to get klapped like that...

      dawood.timol - 2012-07-09 14:20

      13 in the squad and not on the field,CHARLIE

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-09 14:57

      Sorry my bad but if some-one says "with the Proteas fielding a squad of 13 and ...." i thought it meant 13 guys on the field... i guess not all of us is as clever and so full of themselves as this Vis-kop NEIL FOLEY who sits in Dublin...

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-09 23:41

      Rather now than later!!! Chaplinncharlie (MY BAD)?????? You sound like those English Language Challenged North Americans!! Next you will be talking about the "Winningest Coach"

  • Rob - 2012-07-09 13:38

    There is no doubt that Morkel is a " huge talent " but his Protea performances have been far too erratic. A man with his ability, should have far more fyfers & tenfers to his name in test cricket. Perhaps the best is yet to come. Lets hope it is sooner, rather then later.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-09 14:15

    Here we go! Warmup or not,is he a good bowler?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-07-09 14:39

      He will be severely tested by the No 1 test side in the world, we will have a clearer picture after he has bowled to that very formidable batting lineup.

  • granville.paulse - 2012-07-09 15:54

    What is more telling, is that Alviro is not playing this game. Does this mean that Rudolf will be opening again, making space for Duminy in the middle order???

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-07-09 19:32

    Rather now then in the series, I know Morkel will only improve from here

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