South Africa Fast-bowler Morne Morkel has announced his retirement from the International cricket after the end of Australia’s homecoming tour. Morne Morkel announced this news on yesterday 26 Feb 2018, unfortunately, bad news for his fans as well as for South African team who has recently lost the T-20 series against India. Morkel said during a conversation,“I have a young family and a foreign wife, and the current demanding international schedule has put a lot of pressure us. I have to fix them first, and this decision will only help us going forward.” I am especially grateful to my team-mates, Cricket South Africa, and my family and mates for the support over the years. I believe there is a lot of cricket left in me and I am excited for what lies ahead.
He also said,”It was a callous decision, but I feel the time is right to start a new chapter,”For now, all of my strength and focus is on supporting the Proteas win the forthcoming series against Australia.”. Morkel has great records in tests as well as in ODIs. He represented Africa in 83 tests and 117 ODIs. In 83 tests he has taken 294 wickets with an economy of 3.10, In ODIs, he picked 188 wickets with an economy of little 4.95. Morkel played 44 T20I for his nation and got 47 wickets in the same.
Morne Morkel Career Graph
Morkel made his debut in test cricket in 2006, against India. Since Morkel has been an important part o South Africa’s pace attack along with Dale Steyn. He led the African pace attack in 2015 in India when South Africa were without Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. In Limited-overs formats, Morkel’s career went on high after finishing as top wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup. Now, he will end his career with 188 wickets from 117 ODI matches at an average of 25.32 with two five-fors. He is only six wickets away to complete this triple-century in test wickets so that we can assume series against Australia will bring a sweet memory for Morkel.