Morkel to replace Wiese

Morkel's last Twenty20 International came against India in April 2014

Morkel’s last Twenty20 International came against India in April 2014

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South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel is in line to play his first Twenty20 International in 18 months after he was called up as a replacement for David Wiese, who fractured his hand.

Wiese suffered the injury while trying to take a catch off his own bowling during a warm-up match and subsequently underwent surgery. He will now be out of action for up to six weeks, meaning that he will play no part in South Africa’s tour of India.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis admitted that Wiese’s injury was a big blow for the Proteas, but is hoping that Morkel can take full advantage of the opportunity to resurrect his international career.

“David is a fantastic player for us in the T20 format. He has done really well. His bowling is going to be missed the most,” du Plessis told reporters. “He has been a banker from a captain’s point of view. You know what you are going to get from him. He is pretty clever in the middle, he is a very smart bowler.

“Albie brings a lot of experience. I suppose Albie would have thought his time is up, once again, but he is getting another opportunity because he is a quality player. For him, its important to try and also put a stake, even if he wasn’t in our thinking and our plans, he is getting an opportunity to make it so.”

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that batsman Rilee Rossouw has been ruled out of the limited overs portion of the series as he has not sufficiently recovered from a stress fracture in his foot, which he sustained while playing against New Zealand in August.

Rossouw was not scheduled to play the Twenty20 Internationals, but was supposed to be part of South Africa’s ODI squad. However, since he will not be featuring in the five-match ODI series, the Proteas have named uncapped batsman Khaya Zondo as his replacement.

“The medical committee have decided its still too early for him to be pushed at this stage,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. “The plan is to get him to be ready by the end of October.”

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