Morkel’s retirement decision ‘shocked’ Elgar

The South Africa opener praised Morne Morkel for his professionalism over the years, but he didn’t see this coming.

South Africa opener Dean Elgar admitted being ‘shocked’ on hearing Morne Morkel’s decision to retire from international cricket.   -  AP

 

South Africa opener Dean Elgar admitted being ‘shocked’ on hearing Morne Morkel’s decision to retire from international cricket.

The 33-year-old dropped the bomb on Monday, three days prior to the first Test against Australia in Durban.

Morkel donned the Proteas colours in 83 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20s in a career spanning 12 years. “I think my reaction is quite mutual in the team, it was a bit of a shock,” Elgar told reporters.

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“You don't expect a guy to be retiring so soon. I know he's been playing professional cricket for 12 years but I'm sure every individual would still feel he has got a lot more to give but be that as it may, we respect his decision.

“He has provided South African cricket 12 years of unbelievable professionalism in the side and I'm sure the hard work on and off the field has done him a massive credit,” he added.