Come Sunday, South Africans Albie and Morne Morkel would like to add their names to the list of brothers that hold cricket World Cup winners medals. Aiming to emulate Australians Mark and Steve Waugh (1999) and Indian half-brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan (2007), Albie says that the South African side are on 'a mission' to win.
"We came into this tournament with a mission to win it," Albie told CricketWorld.com on Wednesday, one day after their 12-run win over reigning champions India at Trent Bridge.
"South Africa have never won a World Cup, we've come close in the past but never seemed to be able to win it. There are a lot of senior players in the side like (Mark) Boucher and (Jacques) Kallis who are coming to the end of their careers and that (winning a World Cup) is the only thing missing so we're all making a huge effort to try and do that. There are still two more games to go but hopefully we can go all the way."
Asked about the future of the game, Albie believes that these are exciting times for the game, and when asked whether more teams should be allowed to enter Twenty20 global tournaments, he said that this would be a good thing.
"Everyone is saying that we have to look after Test cricket and that's probably true," he said. "It does seem like cricket is moving towards the faster version with more people wanting to get involved and it also brings a new crowd to the game, so I think it's exciting times ahead.
"Definitely in the future (more teams could be involved), it's going to be up to them to learn how to play Pro20 cricket because it's not just a hit and a giggle any more, there's definitely some serious tactics and planning going in to it, so they're going to have to play some more games against some better teams in order to compete, but like you said it brings the teams closer together especially if there's rain which makes the game even shorter and it then becomes sort of a lottery."
South Africa have surprised a few onlookers at this tournament with the effectiveness of spinners Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe and JP Duminy and Albie agreed that this is a far cry from the days when South Africa lacked a world-class spinner.
"You don't really recognise the South African team (as one which has good spin options), but we spoke about in the changing room last night, we sort of beat India at their own game," he added. "It was a really slow wicket and we outplayed them in their own conditions. Maybe ten years ago in that game we would have been bowled out for 70 and they would have got them in four overs, but it just shows you how we've evolved as a team as playing two spinners is definitely not something you're used to seeing in a South African side."
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