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Morne Morkel to retire from international cricket after Australia series

Morne Morkel is on the verge of 300 wickets in Test cricket
Morne Morkel is on the verge of 300 wickets in Test cricket

South Africa speedster Morne Morkel has announced that he will step down from all forms of international cricket following the upcoming four-Test series against Australia at home.

The news follows a series of media reports of Morkel signing a Kolpak deal to play in England.

The 33-year-old made his professional cricket debut with Easterns in 2004 and was part of the Titans squad since 2005. He also had stints with English County teams Kent and Yorkshire in 2007 and 2008 representing Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in Indian Premier League.

“It was an extremely tough decision but I feel the time is right to start a new chapter. I have a young family and a foreign wife, and the current demanding international schedule has put a lot of strain us,” Morkel said in a Cricket South Africa news release on Monday.

“I still feel there is a lot of cricket left in me and I am excited for what lies ahead. For now, all of my energy and focus is on helping the Proteas win the upcoming series against Australia.”

Morkel is on the verge of claiming 300 wickets in Test cricket and he has a chance to do it in the series against Australia as he needs just six more scalps to achieve the milestone. The lanky pacer also has 372 wickets combined from 117 One-Day Internationals and 44 Twenty20 Internationals.

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