Injured Morne Morkel Out Of Champions Trophy

Morne Morkel in action for South Africa in ODI cricket
Injured Morne Morkel Out Of Champions Trophy
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South Africa's desperate start to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 has taken a further turn for the worse after quick bowler Morne Morkel was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a torn thigh muscle.

He suffered the injury during his side's 26-run defeat to India, managing to bowl only 6.5 overs and then having to come in to bat at number 11, by which time the match was all but lost.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have confirmed that he will be replaced in South Africa's squad by fellow quick bowler Chris Morris.

"Morne had a MRI scan done on him last night and it confirmed a Grade 1 injury to his left qaudricep muscle," team manger Dr Mohammed Moosajee confirmed.

"His recovery time will take almost three weeks because the scan also detected a tear to the connecting tissue that surrounds the muscle which is called a myofascial tear, so that rules him out of the tournament.

With Dale Steyn absent against India with a mild side strain, losing Morkel was a huge blow and his own injury now puts South Africa in the unenviable position of having to weigh up Steyn's long-term fitness against their desire to stay in the competiton, with their next match against Pakistan on Monday (10th June) likely to be their last in the tournament should they lose it.

Morris is expected to join up with the squad tomorrow (8th June) at the latest.

Moosajee added: “Dale as we know is a work in progress, the challenge for us is that we can only get him bowling once he is completely symptom free. If you allow fast bowlers to bowl too early you can aggravate the injury and go back to square one.

"Brandon Jackson, our physiotherapist, is working hard on him and we are taking it day by day, we will get a better indication of where he is at tomorrow at our net session in Birmingham."

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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia