The former South African pacer Morne Morkel has signed a new deal with his present County cricket team Surrey County Cricket Club. This new contract will run until the 2020 English domestic season.
After retiring from the international cricket in 2018, Morne Morkel signed the Kolpak deal. As a Kolpak registered player, he returned to the County cricket by signing a two-year contract for Surrey.
In the last English County Championship season, Morne Morkel had a huge impactful year for his team. The right-arm pacer bagged 59 wickets in ten matches with an average of 14.32. While Surrey won their 19th outright Championship title, Morne Morkel finished the tournament as the second most wicket-taker. In the entire competition, he claimed the five-wicket haul four times, including his best bowling figures 6/57.
Top performances helped Morne Morkel to earn the extended deal
Of course, there was no surprise that the County Club had offered him the contract extension. Though he still had one year left according to the earlier contract, the new deal will make him available for Surrey till the 2020 summer.
The County Club is very happy for this contract extension. Surrey CCC’s Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart didn’t hide their delight on this contract extension.
Alec Stewart said to the reporters, “Morne was outstanding for us during his first season, both on and off the field. I am delighted he has extended his contract with the club.”
At present, the 34-year-old Morne Morkel has just moved to Sydney with his family. With this movement, he can be available for 2020/21 Big Bash League as a local player.
Talking about his English County cricket career, he made debut in 2007 playing for Kent County Cricket Club. In the next summer, he played for Yorkshire. After ten-long-years, he made the return to the English County cricket in last summer.
Morne Morkel was a top pacer in international cricket
In his international career, Morne Morkel was one of the top-class pacers in international cricket history. After making his international debut in December 2006, he gradually became one of the top pace bowlers for South Africa. During his international career, Morne Morkel was the no.1-ranked ODI and no.3-ranked Test bowler.
In his 12-year-long international career, he played 86 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he picked up 309, 188 and 47 wickets respectively. The right-arm pacer took 535 international wickets, which is the sixth most by a South African bowler.
After the Johannesburg Test against Australia in March-April 2018, Morne Morkel retired from the international cricket.
Whatever, South Africa will miss Morne Morkel in the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.