South Africa fast bowler Mornel Morkel, who retired from international cricket after South Africa’s 492-run victory against Australia has signed for English county club Surrey on a two-year Kolpak deal.
Morkel played his last Test match in Cape Town where he also got his 300th Test wicket and became only the fifth South African to achieve this feat.
The fast bowler has been the victim of injuries quite a lot of times in his career lately and this was one of the reason for Morkel to think about his future.
The 33-year old fast bowler still hasn’t recovered from the side strain injury and as a result of that he he won’t be able to make his debut for Surrey in their opening Championship match of the season against Hampshire at the Oval beginning on April 20.
A similar injury to the same left side at the start of South Africa’s home summer ruled Morkel out of action for eleven weeks although it is not thought to be as severe this time. However, Morkel is delighted to join the club and also said he has great memories at the Kia Oval.
“It is a real honour that Surrey asked me to join their club after my retirement from international cricket. I’ve got fond memories of playing at the Kia Oval and am looking forward to settling into London with my family for the summer, making new friendships with teammates and hopefully great memories on and off the field,” Morne said.
Meanwhile, the director of Cricket Alec Stewart had a lot of appreciation for the Proteas fast bowler.
“Following his retirement from international cricket I am very pleased that Morne has signed for Surrey for at least the next two years. He has had an outstanding career with South Africa and is a player that will add enormous strength and experience to our squad,” he said.
“He sets exceedingly high standards for himself and for our young bowlers to have the opportunity to train and play alongside Morne can only help to develop their own games. We look forward to welcoming Morne and his family to the Kia Oval for the start of the season,” Steward concluded.