Evening Standard – Bowlers may be able to rest a little easier with the news that Virat Kohli will not be gracing the shires this week but batsmen of county cricket, heed this warning: Morne Morkel is ready and raring to go.

Summary

  • Bowlers may be able to rest a little easier with the news that Virat Kohli will not be gracing the shires this week but batsmen of county cricket, heed this warning: Morne Morkel is ready and raring to go.
  • Due to a side injury sustained in the last of his 86 Tests last month, Morkel has had to wait for his Surrey debut.
  • Morkel, who retired from international duty at the end of South Africa’s tempestuous series victory over Australia as the seventh-ranked bowler in Tests, is not the sort to shout or snarl about the damage his steepling bounce and searing pace can cause.
  • Morkel is here on a Kolpak deal, the controversial ruling that allows players from countries with trade treaties with the EU (like South Africa) to play county cricket as a local as long as they forgo the right to play international cricket.
  • County cricket is hardly fertile ground for quicks like Morkel; the schedule grinds bodies and the green pitches encourage precision, not pace.


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