Morné Morkel gave South Africans something to shout about when he claimed his 250th Test wicket at Seddon Park.
The Proteas battled to take wickets on day three of the third Test. That said, the one they did claim in the first session was significant, in that it marked Morkel’s 250th in Test cricket.
Less than half an hour into the day’s play, Morkel found the edge of Tom Latham’s bat. The ball flew to the slip cordon and Quinton de Kock dived to his left to complete a stunning catch.
With that dismissal, Morkel became the sixth South African (and the 41st bowler overall) to take 250 Test wickets. Fitness permitting, the 32-year-old fast bowler should move up that list and surpass the 300-mark before the end of his career.
MORKEL’S TEST MILESTONES
1st wicket: MS Dhoni (India), Durban, 2006
50th: Mike Hussey (Australia), Johannesburg, 2009
100th: Rahul Dravid (India), Centurion, 2010
150th: Steven Finn (England), London, 2012
200th: Kithuruwan Vithanage (Sri Lanka), Colombo, 2014
250th: Tom Latham (New Zealand), Hamilton, 2017
MOST TEST WICKETS FOR SA
1 Shaun Pollock (421)
2 Dale Steyn (417)
3 Makhaya Ntini (390)
4 Allan Donald (330)
5 Jacques Kallis (292)
6 Morné Morkel (251*)
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