Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Morné Morkel was born on 6 October, 1984. He is a South African cricketer who plays Test and limited overs cricket for South Africa and represents Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He is a right-arm fast bowler with “genuine pace” according to former South African fast bowler Allan Donald, and a useful lower order left-handed batsman. However, after a poor run of form, Morkel was dropped from the Test team in 2009. His elder brother Albie Morkel took his place. He regained his Test place in 2010. He was dropped again in 2015 due to injury concerns, his return in 2016 and 2017 was due to Dale Steyn’s being kept out of the side due to injury concerns.
Aged 19, Morkel began his first class career with a match for Easterns against the touring West Indians. He took the new ball with older brother Albie, who later played ODI cricket for South Africa, and began by delivering 17 no-balls in a five-over spell costing 54 runs against West Indies’ batsmen Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga and Ramnaresh Sarwan. His first batting effort, however, was an unbeaten 44, which included a ninth-wicket stand of 141 with Albie as Easterns posted 313, trailing by 21. He claimed his first top-class wicket by dismissing Ramnaresh Sarwan, caught by Daryll Cullinan for 72, and improved to four no-balls in six overs.
Albie has played for so many clubs both local and international level among which are; South Africa national team, England (Kent, Rana Naved), Rajasthan Royals and others.