Morne Morkel is one member of a pace trio that Allan Donald has described as “the greatest attack in South African history”. With plenty of pace and bounce, he is more than a handful for even the most rock solid batsmen.
Plenty is expected of the giant South African quick in 2012/13, with a host of injuries cutting down his playing time in recent years.
While he may not be as consistent as Steyn and Philander, Morkel has still tallied an impressive 150 wickets in his 42 Test career. With blistering pace and bounce, he can be impossible to play when he is on song.
His at time indifferent form has seen him dropped from the national side, including his surprising omission from the 3rd test against Australian in 2009.
Morkel has enjoyed success in T20 cricket so far in 2012, where his side, the Delhi Daredevils, reached the semi-finals of the CLT20 tournament in South Africa. His six wickets throughout the tournament came at handy intervals, but it was his meagre economy which impressed the most.
His steep bounce will be an important cog in the South African attack on pitches that could favour pace bowling. Don’t discount his lower order hitting, which has proved invaluable at times throughout his career.