• Albie hopes for Test return

    Proteas and international T20 star Albie Morkel is making a final bid for a Test spot.

    Morkel has committed himself to the Titans, saying he will play all three formats for the team in the coming 2014-15 season, including the Sunfoil Series.

    ‘The past two years I have not really played four-day cricket, but I have told Rob (Walter, coach of the Titans) that I want to play in every game in the Sunfoil Series, if selected. I don’t know what their plans are, but I have started training this week.

    ‘I am still nursing elbow and knee niggles, but I want to get my body in shape during the next two months,’ he said.

    Morkel, while best known for his limited overs exploits, is also a solid middle-order batsman in first-class cricket, averaging 44.55. He has also taken 203 wickets at an average of 29.83.

    Morkel has emphasized that he might be out of favour with the test selectors, but he doesn’t think he is ‘over the hill’.

    ‘It won’t be easy to get back in. I am getting closer to the twilight of my career, but I haven’t abandoned my dream to play Test cricket again,’ he told supersport.com.

    ‘I would like to put my fishing rod in the water. If I can score a couple of centuries with a high strike rate, compile more than six hundred runs and take thirty scalps in a season, anything is possible.’

    ‘Ideally I would like to bat at No 6 for the Titans and open the bowling if selected, but I will see how things develop.

    ‘Obviously I still hope to represent South Africa in the Cricket World Cup and in ODIs, but I don’t think I have much of a chance,’ he concluded.

    Morkel has played just one Test, at Newlands against Australia in 2009, where 36-year-old legspinner Bryce McGain’s career was famously destroyed by Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. Morkel made 58 in his only Test innings, and took just one wicket in the game.

    While a Test return is unlikely, the news is good for the Titans, who will be able to call on Morkel’s vast experience, stretching back to the 1999-2000 season.

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