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South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel will be out of action for the next couple of months after undergoing ankle surgery.
Morkel, who tore ligaments in his ankle during the Titans’ pre-season tour in August, is hoping to make his comeback in December.
However, this means that he will miss at least a third of the South African domestic season. It is understood that he will not be available for two rounds of the first-class competition, the entire one-day tournament and a couple of Ram Slam T20 Challenge matches as well.
This injury pretty much ends his slim chance of representing South Africa in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It also rules out his chances of playing for the Proteas when they tour Australia for a limited overs series in November.
Morkel is one of the most senior players in the Titans team, especially after Martin van Jaarsveld and Paul Harris retired two seasons ago.
In fact, Morkel was the Titans’ third-highest run-scorer in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge last season as he amassed 202 runs at an average of 28.85 and a strike-rate of 127.84.