• Big Bash League gig for Morkel

    Former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel will play for the Perth Scorchers for the remainder of the 2019-20 Big Bash League.

    Morkel, who lives in Sydney, will replace England all-rounder Chris Jordan in the Scorchers squad. The lanky right-armer played for the Tshwane Titans in the 2019 Mzansi Super League.

    ‘Once we knew Chris had been picked in the England side we knew that we would need a replacement for the back end of the tournament and Morne was always at the top of the list,’ said Scorchers coach Adam Voges.

    ‘He brings a wealth of experience and has performed really well, particularly in the Mzansi Super League in South Africa, where he was one of the leading wicket-takers.

    ‘He was really keen to come on board. Luckily I’ve played a bit with Morne over the years, so we’ve got a good relationship and he was super excited to get involved in the Big Bash.

    ‘I think Chris has been fantastic for us, not only what he’s brought with the ball but just the way that he’s been around the group. His experience has helped the guys out on the field. We wanted someone of a similar calibre to come in and I think Morne will do a great job with that and continue the good work that Chris has done.

    ‘We’re going to get Morne to Perth next week and he’ll be around the group for a week or so before he plays, so that will be great for him to get to know everyone and hopefully make that transition a bit smoother.’

    Other South Africans are involved in the 2019-20 BBL, including the Brisbane Heat’s AB de Villiers, Sydney Thunder’s Chris Morris and Hobart Hurricanes’ David Miller.

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