• Morkel: I’m rapt for Smith, Warner return

    Former Proteas quick Morne Morkel says he is looking forward to seeing David Warner and Steve Smith back in action. 

    Morkel formed part of the capitulation of Australia in March, taking nine wickets in the third Test at Newlands that saw Cameron Bancroft tamper with the ball, and then banned for nine months as a result.

    This was also the final Test Warner and Smith would play for a year after their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, the Proteas’ 322-run win setting up the Proteas for a historic 3-1 victory after beating a Smith and Warner-less Australia in the final Test at the Wanderers.

    The pair are working on their fitness in an attempt to make the national squad for the 2019 World Cup. Morkel, while training in his new home city, Sydney, crossed paths with Warner, who was at the SCG nets receiving some treatment for his elbow at the Blues training session.

    ‘It’s the first time I’ve seen Davey since South Africa,’ Morkel told cricket.com.au.

    ‘Obviously, as a cricket supporter, I’m rapt for him to get back on the field. It will be great to see him and Steve [Smith] play, and it will be great for Australia as well.’

    Morkel is currently getting ready in Australia ahead of his stint with English county side Surrey.

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