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Morkel's unwanted record run continues

Already believed to be the no-ball wicket record-holder, the towering Proteas quick is denied yet again after overstepping

Morne Morkel's rocky relationship with the front line has continued after the towering South Africa paceman took his 14th Test wicket off a no-ball on day four of the first Test against Bangladesh.

Already believed to be the world record holder as Test cricket's leading no-ball wicket taker, Morkel was denied yet again after overstepping in Potchefstroom.

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was the lucky batsman on this occasion, with television replays showing no part of Morkel's front boot behind the popping crease.

It halted a devastating spell from the right-armer, who'd claimed two wickets in the opening over of the innings when he removed star opener Tamim Iqbal and first drop Mominul Haque in the space of three balls.

Morkel celebrates the wicket of Mominul // Getty
Morkel celebrates the wicket of Mominul // Getty

The Proteas were left rueing another missed chance three overs later when skipper Faf du Plessis dropped a simple chance off Imrul Kayes at second slip.

And Morkel suffered another setback a short time after, with Cricket South Africa confirming Morkel had suffered a side strain.


After picking up his 13th no-ball wicket at Lord's on South Africa's tour of England earlier this year, Morkel acknowledged the no-ball record but played down its impact. 

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"It's not going to end my career," the 32-year-old said after Ben Stokes was granted the reprieve in July.

"It's 13, yes - world record.

"Somebody needs to hold it. It's 13 wickets I'd like to have in the bank, but it wasn't meant to be. It's part of the game."

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Morkel did however admit he was working on the problem, discussing how rhythm plays a big part in his effectiveness as a bowler.

"It's not acceptable - it's a controllable sort of thing," Morkel continued. "I can't make excuses.

"I need a lot of rhythm, and timing for me is crucial, and I felt the more I bowled in that Test the better my timing was.

"Unfortunately, I did bowl that no-ball, and that's the sort of thing you don't want, to give quality players extra lives ... you're going to get punished.

"The only thing I can do is keep on working on getting that foot behind the line.

"I think it's just a rush of blood to the head, wanting to create something with the older ball."