Morne Morkel is set to quit international cricket and will announce his retirement after the end of four-match Test series against Australia. The 33-year old made an official announcement before the start of the first Test at Durban. The right-arm pace bowler has been a lot of news after rumors of him signing a Kolpak deal with English county side last August.
He clearly stated that his international cricket could come to end if he does not get selected for the limited-overs side for upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup. South Africa Head Coach Ottis Gibson said that Morkel was an integral part of the squad going ahead towards the big competition.
Morkel said that it was difficult decision to make but felt the time was appropriate to move on to other things in life. He cited personal reasons to quit the international game after Australian series. He said that he has a young family to look out and felt to spend more time with them going forward.
The premier bowler will be keen to participate in different T20 leagues around the world. He was not picked by any franchise in the recent Indian Premier League auction. Morkel looked more interested in signing a county deal with the English side. He said that he wasn’t looking too far ahead and will be focused to help South Africa win their home series against Australia.
Morkel will feel that he never played a World Cup Final in a career spanning over a decade playing for South Africa. He will definitely to reach one elusive dream of beating Australia in a home series. South Africa have beaten Australia three times in Australia but yet to register a series win at home since 1970.
The bowler will have a chance to get 300 wickets in Test cricket as he currently stands with 294 scalps in 83 games. He will be placed fifth on the list of most successful Test bowlers that played for South Africa. The arrival of Lungi Ngidi into the Test side means Morkel absence will not felt as much as seen in the past. Morkel expressed complete satisfaction over the future of South Africa bowling resources for the future.
In limited overs cricket, Morkel picked up 188 wickets in 117 games at an average of 25.32. He has been a regular member of the one-day side after recovering from a back injury that kept him out for a long time.