Morkel has relentlessly worked on breaking this habit
South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel has revealed that bowling no-balls on a consistent basis has become too bitter of pill to swallow and stated that he is working extremely hard on trying to abolish it from his game.
Despite only bowling three no-balls throughout the entire three-Test series against Australia, Morkel wants to have a one Test match where he does not give away a single extra since two of the no-balls he bowled actually resulted in wickets.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow, especially as you know the quality of the batsmen,” News.com.au quoted Morkel as saying. You don’t want to give the guys that extra chance.
“It’s a matter of getting over it and trying to get on with the job. As a fast bowler I back myself. If I can get them out once I can do it twice so I just need to let it go and really focus on the next ball.”
Morkel has been working on breaking this habit throughout his international career, but has not found it easy due to his 196cm frame and size 14 shoe size.
“I’ve been used to this sort of thing,” Morkel added. “At times I’m good with my foot. I don’t know if it’s my long leg or big foot but I’m at times tight on that front line.
“Obviously it’s a discipline we need as a bowling attack. It’s a controllable. It’s something I’ve been working hard on in my game. The stats show that we’ve been bowling quite a lot over the past couple of Test series.”