Morkel gets SA call

London, August 14:

All rounder Albie Morkel, who sat out South Africa’s Test series victory against England, joins the Proteas as they attempt to win the one-day series as well.

The 27-year-old watched at home as younger brother and faster bowler Morne contributed to South Africa’s first series victory over England in more than 30 years, clinching it with a win in the third Test. England fought back to win the fourth and final Test at the Oval to save some pride, meaning South Africa won the series 2-1.

It was an historic moment for South Africa and Albie now wants to complete a memorable double by helping his country claim another success in the one-day series, which comprises a Twenty20 international and five one-day internationals. “We’ve been playing some good one-day cricket, we were number one in the world earlier this year and we’re a proud nation,” said Morkel. “For us to come over here and win a Test series and a one-day series in England would be a big achievement and we’re all really keen to do that.”

Having just experienced the pace and hostility of one Morkel during the Test series, England must now prepare for the versatility of Albie in the Twenty20 showdown at next Wednesday. He already has form for upsetting England during last year’s Twenty20 World Cup, when he followed up his 43 off 20 balls by claiming 2-12 to secure a comfortable victory for South Africa.