Morne Morkel to miss second Test against Bangladesh

Morne Morkel picked up a side strain in the first Test against Bangladesh
Morne Morkel picked up a side strain in the first Test against Bangladesh
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South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel will miss the second and final Test against Bangladesh to be played in Bloemfontein following a side strain.

The lanky pace bowler suffered the blow during the recently concluded game in Potchefstroom which the Proteas went on to win by 333 runs.

Morkel, who started the second innings with two wickets in the first over also picked Mushfiqur Rahim in his second over but the decision was reversed as he overstepped and soon the 32-year-old left the field with discomfort after bowling 32 deliveries.

He underwent a scan on Monday morning that confirmed the extent of injury which will keep him on the sidelines for four to six weeks.

The injury also casts doubt on his participation in the initial weeks of the inaugural edition of Global T20 League where he represents the Pretoria Mavericks.

South Africa already have Wayne Parnell in the squad, who could replace Morkel in the second Test while Dane Paterson has also been added as a cover. The Proteas are without Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Chris Morris and Morkel's injury only adds to their woes in the pace bowling department.

The second Test will be played between 6th and 10th October with the Proteas having an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series.

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