Is Morkel in South Africa’s Champions Trophy plans?

“[He] is someone who is on the outside [but] who is very much part of the plans”

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South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel recently revealed how he was told that he would never play cricket again after being diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back.

But, the 32-year-old turned a deaf ear and is now set to make his comeback for the Titans in South Africa’s domestic one-day tournament.

While he is looking to make his international return in the upcoming Test series against New Zealand next month, is Morkel likely to be part of South Africa’s squad for the Champions Trophy in June?

Answering the question, South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis said: “Someone like Morne Morkel has done really well in one-day cricket, [he] is someone who is on the outside [but] who is very much part of the plans. But everything is now up to his back and seeing how he responds to playing cricket, which he hasn’t done for a very long time. It’s how he comes back from that.”

AB de Villiers captains South Africa in ODIs and he will have a large say in which team in selected. While it remains unclear what De Villiers thinks about Morkel, Du Plessis admitted that having a lot of bowlers to choose from is a luxury rather than a headache.

“The guys who are here, you could pick any of them if Morne doesn’t come through,” he said. “I’d be very happy from a T20 point of view and I know AB from a one-day point of view is also very happy.”

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