The South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who has played 83 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is for the Proteas in an international career ranging over 12 years, has announced that the impending series against Australia would be his last in international cricket. The 33-year-old started his career at the Boxing Day Test against India in 2006 and has finally decided to retire, recalling some of his best ventures with the Proteas.“I have loved every minute that I have played in the Proteas jersey, and I am incredibly grateful to my teammates, Cricket South Africa, and my family and friends for the support over the years. I still feel there is a lot of cricket left in me and I am excited for what lies ahead. For now, all of my energy and focus is on helping the Proteas win the upcoming series against Australia.”
In the recently concluded series against India, Morkel played each of the three Tests and five of the six ODIS, showing his exemplary skills by taking 13 wickets at 20.00 in the Tests, and continued his sterling performance for the Port Elizabeth ODI where he was called in lieu of Chris Morris’s back injury, even though he took only took two wickets from five games at an average of 103. With a young family and a foreign wife, the player confessed that the international schedule had put a lot of strain on the family and that his retirement would only benefit them in the long-run.
The Cricket South Africa CE, Mr. Thabang Moroe, commended the player for his commitment and contribution to the South African Team wishing him the best in his future endeavors. With the upcoming Australia series commencing on March 1 at Durban, Morkel would have another chance to add to his international record of 529 wickets. Having been a regular selection for both the Test and ODI games since the beginning of his career in 2006, the player has been one of the finest fast bowlers in the International Cricket history, showing all traits of a champion fast bowler with his colossal skill, dedication, perseverance and capability to bowl even through the painful injuries.
With the Australia series drawing close, many fans and supporters of the fast bowler all over the world are excited to watch his last match before his retirement, as they wish and hope to see the player return to the field in the future as well.