Morkel Still Fighting For a Spot in Champions Trophy
Morné Morkel, South African fast bowler, is still hoping to get the chance to represent his country at the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2017 in England. Morkel was ruled out of several recent series that the Proteas played in because of a back injury. He has, however, recovered and he will be playing for the Titans against the Dolphins in the opener of the Momentum One-Day Cup to be held on Friday at the SuperSport Park.
Morkel will be playing 3 matches in the tournament. He mentioned that he will be using those matches to return to full fitness as his goal is to play in the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy.
Morkel is not the only senior fast bowler of the team to be affected by recent injuries. There is a major question mark over Dale Steyn’s participation in the Champions Trophy. It depends greatly on how well he manages to recover from an injury to the shoulder.
However, Morkel’s place in the team is far from guaranteed. There is a wide range of excellent choices available for the Proteas. Andile Phehlukwayo, Wayne Parnell, Dane Peterson and Dwaine Pretorius have all been selected for the five ODI matches against New Zealand. Vernon Philander, known for his skill with the white ball, is also being considered although a minor ankle injury prevented him from going up against New Zealand.
Pretorius, Parnell and Phehlukwayo have managed to do well in the absence of Steyn, Philander and Morkel. However, it still remains to be seen who makes the cut.