South Africa, at this point in time, seem to have access to an esteemed factory that produces world class pacers on a daily basis. Their pace battery is so dominant, that even their third choice new ball pair could potentially be superior to pacers that are a part of the starting XI of several sides. The likes of Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi have made South Africa the team to watch out for in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Among the individuals in their pace bowling department, question marks still loom over the presence of the towering Morne Morkel. Injuries have sidelined Morne in the recent past and his last outing in national colors came against the West Indies, during the Tri-Series in the Caribbean last year in June.
In a great boost to Morne Morkel’s chances of featuring in the tournament, South Africa’s T20I captain Faf du Plessis has hinted the pacer is still in the scheme of things.
“Someone like Morne Morkel has done really well in one-day cricket, he is someone who is on the outside but who is very much part of the plans,” du Plessis said.
“But everything is now up to his back and seeing how he responds to playing cricket, which he hasn’t done for a very long time. It’s how he comes back from that.”
Faf, though, was quite optimistic about South Africa’s choice of pacers, as he mentioned that even if Morkel doesn’t make it, they have able replacements in store.
“The guys who are here, you could pick any of them if Morne doesn’t come through,” Faf said.
“I’d be very happy from a T20 point of view and I know AB from a one-day point of view is also very happy.”