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Morne Morkel signs two-year Kolpak deal with Surrey

Morne Morkel
South Africa's Morne Morkel
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South African pacer Morne Morkel who recently called it a day in the international arena has signed a two-year Kolpak deal with Surrey. Morkel has become the latest South African player to join County cricket following the likes of Hampshire's Kyle Abbott and Essex's Simon Harmer.

Morkel, who announced his retirement after the 4-match Test series between Australia and South Africa, had found some serious form in the last Test match of his international career as the lanky pacer bagged 9 wickets in the match at Cape Town which included a fifer. Overall, he clinched 15 wickets at 19.60 apiece in the recently concluded series.

Speaking about joining Surrey, Morkel said "It is a real honour that Surrey asked me to join after my retirement from international cricket. I've got fond memories of playing at the Kia Oval and am looking forward to settling into London with my family for the summer."

The South African, who ended his career with 86 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is, is currently ranked seventh in the ICC's Test bowling rankings and would shift his base to London along with his family for this season.

Surrey’s Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart welcomed the move as he said, "Following his (Morkel’s) retirement from international cricket I am very pleased that Morne has signed for Surrey for at least the next two years. He has had an outstanding career with South Africa and is a player that will add enormous strength and experience to our squad. His appetite to continue playing and most importantly performing was very evident from our very first conversation.”

Stewart added, "He sets exceedingly high standards for himself and for our young bowlers to have the opportunity to train and play alongside Morne can only help to develop their own games. We look forward to welcoming Morne and his family to the Kia Oval for the start of the season."

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