Albie Morkel

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Albie Morkel
Albie Morkel 2.jpg
Personal information
Full name Johannes Albertus Morkel
Born (1981-06-10) 10 June 1981 (age 33)
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role All-rounder
Relations M Morkel (brother)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 304) 19-22 March 2006 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 76) 20 February 2004 v New Zealand
Last ODI 3 March 2012 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 81
T20I debut (cap 7) 21 October 2005 v New Zealand
Last T20I 4 April 2014 v India
T20I shirt no. 81
Domestic team information
Years Team
2012 Somerset
2008–2010 Durham
2008–2013 Chennai Super Kings
2004– Titans (squad no. 81)
1999–2006 Easterns
2013 Derbyshire
2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 58 76 186
Runs scored 58 782 4,099 2,913
Batting average 58 23.69 44.55 26.72
100s/50s 0/1 0/2 8/23 0/13
Top score 58 97 204* 97
Balls bowled 192 2,073 11,649 7,128
Wickets 1 50 203 194
Bowling average 132.00 37.98 29.83 30.96
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/44 4/29 6/36 4/23
Catches/stumpings 0/– 15/– 32/– 41/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 March 2014

Johannes Albertus Morkel (born 10 June 1981), better known as Albie Morkel, is a South African cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm medium fast and bats left-handed. He was ear marked as the new Lance Klusener from an early age and is famous for his six hitting abilities. Albie has a brother, Morné Morkel, who also plays international cricket for South Africa while his father Albert played provincial cricket in South Africa.

Career[edit]

Morkel at fielding practice, Adelaide Oval, January 2009

First Class[edit]

His bowling was quite impressive in his first seasons in first class cricket, as he burst onto the scene with six for 36 for Easterns against Griqualand West, but in the 2004/05 season he was expected to take more of the bowling effort for the Titans, but only took 20 wickets at a bowling average of 40.65. However, that coincided with an improvement in his batting, as he made his first double century of his career, with 204 not out against Western Province Boland.

During the 2008 Summer season Albie played for Durham County Cricket Club in the North East of England along with fellow South African Shaun Pollock mainly in the Twenty20 Cup competition. He was dropped from the National team to the tour of Windies to open door for Dave Miller and others .

In 2012, Morkel was confirmed as Somerset's second overseas player alongside Chris Gayle. Roelof van der Merwe was expected to be retained by Somerset but it was expected that a work permit wouldn't be obtainable.

He joined Derbyshire in 2013 as an overseas player for their Friends Life t20 campaign.[1]

International[edit]

His statistics on his international debut tour to New Zealand were not very impressive, as he got two wickets at the cost of 48 runs apiece, but he did get five wickets quite cheaply on Zimbabwe's tour of South Africa. Nevertheless, Morkel was picked for the Africa squad to play Asia in the 2005 Afro-Asia Cup, but withdrew due to injury. He appeared however for Africa the following series, in 2007, and made history in the second game when he opened the bowling with his brother Morné, the first time two brothers have done so in ODI cricket.

In 2009 he secured two-man-of-the-match accolades against Australia in the Commonwealth Series down under, as well as the Man of the Series accolade for the One Day Internationals.

He was promoted to the Test side for the third Test of the home series against Australia in 2008/09, ironically replacing his brother Morné in the side.

Indian Premier League[edit]

Albie played for the Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League where he had a very successful tournament as an all-rounder.

He is one of the regular names in the overseas four of the playing XI. Morkel's big-hitting abilities and consistent bowling performances has been one of the key reasons of the Super Kings' successful run in the Indian Premier League. In the 2010 IPL, he struck a record third-wicket partnership in the tournament along with Murali Vijay against the Rajasthan Royals. At the 2012 Indian Premier League, he was the winner of the Super Sixes tournament, with a distance of 105m.

Morkel was retained by Chennai for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.

On 12 April 2012, he hit 28 runs in one over of Virat Kohli's bowling which ultimately brought victory to Chennai Super Kings from a no win position after chasing a massive total of 206 in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Such exploits with the bat and his useful bowling have gained him immense popularity and recognition and have made him a household name among the Super Kings' fans.

He was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹2,40,00,000 ahead of the 2014 season.

Personal life[edit]

Albie hails from an Afrikaner family, who are big cricket fans. Albie was born to Albert and Mariana Morkel as the second of three children; Morné is the youngest; his older brother, Malan also played cricket. Albie is married to his childhood crush, Marthmari (née Groenewald). Their son, Albertus Johannes "AJ" Morkel was born on 1 December 2009 and their daughter Cara Morkel was born on 4 June 2011. [1] The family lives in Pretoria. Prior to marriage, he used to live with his brother Morné and team mate AB de Villiers in Pretoria.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sport - Albie Morkel joins Derbyshire for FL t20 campaign. Bbc.co.uk (2013-06-20). Retrieved on 2013-12-23.