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Legendary South Africa seamer Allan Donald has implored seamer Morne Morkel to keep playing international and not go down the Kolpak route.
Donald’s plea comes after it was reported that at least three English county sides are interested in offering Morkel a Kolpak deal.
Morkel was one of the few bright spots for South Africa during their recent four-Test series in England as he was the Proteas’ highest wicket-taker with 19 victims at an average of 26.36.
But, with pace maestro Dale Steyn nearing his return from a shoulder injury, Morkel’s international future remains unclear, especially as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander make up for the rest of the pace attack in the longest format of the game.
This could in turn force Morkel to remain on the sidelines, but Donald insists that the 32-year-old should not follow in Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw’s footsteps.
“Don’t reconsider your future. South Africa needs you,” Donald told the official Titans website. “Your performances against England in the Test series were the best I have seen you bowl in a very, very long time.”
Australia will visit South Africa early next year and Donald admitted that Morkel could play an instrumental role in that series, especially after his superb performance against England.
With that in mind, he urged the national selectors to do everything in their power to keep hold of the Vereeniging native.
“Give him what he wants. Let him retire on his terms. We need him this summer. I have not seen him bowl this well for many, many seasons,” Donald added. “There’s no doubt, Morkel is world-class. It is just a shame that he did not take bucket loads of wickets in England because he deserved it. He beat the bat on countless occasions without reward.”