Albie Morkel snubs criticism against Morne and AB de Villiers

Sudipta / 29 June 2016

Former South African cricketer   Albie Morkel has rubbished criticism hurled at his brother Morne Morkel and South Africa captain AB de Villiers  after the Proteas disappointing  One Day International tour to West Indies in the triangular series that involved Australia as well.

Albie said there was a criticism about his brother  and AB de Villiers on a newspaper that dwarfed supremacy of de Villiers and Morne.

“They are the best, plain and simple,” Albie Morkel said.

“Personally, looking from the sidelines, I don’t see a powerful enough unit. They lack that cohesion, that strong bond. There are some superb individual performances, but not enough great team efforts.

“It just seems as if everything right now is cast in uncertainty and that uncertainty affects their performances.”

Albie said AB de Villiers record since he made his debut for the South Africa underlines  his ability. He inspires and is leading his team from the front. “I think he averages about 62 as a skipper” Albie said.

De Villiers has played  87 matches as  a captain of South Africa. He scored 4219 matches  at an average of 65.92 at a strike rate of 111.05.

Albie said  without going deeper of the problem media is targeting individuals to make them a scapegoat.

The former all-rounder thinks the blame could be given to the entire team and the squad but  blaming proven star like De Villiers and lanky Morne Morkel is unfair.

South Africa has already had went down to the sixth position in Test ranking since their 3-0 loss to India and  2-1 to England at home and fourth position in the ODI ranking.

Morkel is South Africa’s most dependent bowler after Dale Steyn is not fully recovering from his injury. South Africa got sensational service of Imran Tahir and youngster  Kagiso Rabada.

Morkel has taken 181 wickets in 108 matches at an average of 24.60. In 2015 World Cup he has taken 17 wickets at an average 17.58 and was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker.

However, both de Villiers and Morkel failed to perform up to their expectations in the Carribean.  De Villiers has averaged 24.20.

Morne Morkel was seated throughout the series. On Friday, in the last game of South Africa against West Indies  Morkel conceded more than 68 runs taking only one wicket.=