Sunday 24 August 2008 

Morkel Brothers On The Mend For South Africa

South African all-rounders Albie and Morne Morkel are recovering well from injuries in an encouraging piece of news for the Proteas as they look to bounce back from a 20-run win in the opening One Day International against England at Headingley.

The second match takes place at Trent Bridge on Tuesday and both are pushing hard to be in contention for selection.

"Morne bowled the equivalent of six overs in the nets in two spells of four overs and two overs," commented assistant coach Vincent Barnes.

"He was only operating at about 50 percent of his capacity, so we will have to step him up quite a bit on Monday if he is to make Tuesday’s second match.

"Albie has also made significant progress. He took a complete part in the batting and fielding drills but at this stage is only bowling with a tennis ball under the direction of Shane Jabaar (the team physiotherapist). Again Monday will be an important session for him."

The five-match series also takes in matches at The Oval, Lord's and Cardiff.

© Cricket World 2008

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