Former South Africa bowler Morne Morkel recently have reckoned his county stint in England as one of his logical choices after quitting internationals. The 33-year-old paceman now will play for Surrey in the next 2 years as he has signed a two-year deal with Surrey, followed by his final Test for the Proteas against Australia at the end of March.
Recently in an interview when he was asked about the reasoning of the such of his decision he explained- “I could have still played international cricket for another three or four years if I wanted to. For me, first-class cricket in England is of the highest quality. You have very strong local players, international guys and overseas players and it is very competitive. For me, it is important to play a high standard of cricket. I still feel mentally and physically fit to play white-ball and red-ball cricket.”
His side injury and bad weather conditions have already hindered Morkel to debut his Surrey stint but the right-arm is all set to play his first game in the One-Day Cup against Kent on Friday.
Morkel ‘beautifully’ fits in London
With 309 Test wickets, being ranked as fifth on South Africa’s all-time list of Test wicket-takers, Morkel termed it as a “family decision” to move to London after calling time on his international career. While being asked how he answered- “I have a young family and my wife is Australian and we needed a neutral base to set up some roots. When you play in London you can get away from the game and sometimes I need to clear my mind. You can go and see a show – I’ve seen the Phantom of the Opera three times – and there are fantastic restaurants and beautiful parks. It is easy to travel from London as it is central, and to go anywhere in the world is very easy. At this stage in my life, it fits in beautifully.”
Young guns of Surrey impress Morkel
Morkel, having played 117 one-day internationals and 44 Twenty20 internationals for the Proteas, seemed to be highly impressed with the youngsters in the Surrey squad and hopes he can guide his new club to win silverware during his time in south London. His impression has also been shared in the interview- “Sam Curran is a typical 19-year-old who plays with no fear and doesn’t over-think the game. Will Jacks is a fantastic player and remind me a bit of a mix between Jason Roy and Kevin Pietersen – a very aggressive sort of batsman. I predict a great future for him and Ollie Pope has impressed me a hell of a lot. The way the guys have been training over the past couple of weeks, it is a trophy-winning side. It is just a matter of guys staying fit, us going to the back end of the competition and still being mentally fresh to go on and win a trophy.”