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 2014, with Morkel finding consistency in recent times after overcoming a host of injuries.
While he may not be as consistent as Steyn and Philander, Morkel has still tallied an impressive 183 wickets in his 53 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 Australia in 2009.
Morkel enjoyed success in T20 cricket 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. He has carried on this success with the South African national team in 2013.
His steep bounce will be an important cog in the South African attack on local pitches that could favour pace bowling. Don’t discount his lower order hitting either, which has proved invaluable at times throughout his career.