The Perth Scorchers have successfully recruited South African fast bowler Morne Morkel for the remainder of the 2019-20 Big Bash League.
Morkel retired from international cricket in 2018 and later joined Surrey in English county cricket. He recently represented the Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League.
Morkel will replace England's Chris Jordan in the Scorchers squad. Jordan has left the tournament to prepare for England's upcoming ODI series against South Africa.
What was said about Morkel
“Once we knew Chris had been picked in the England side we knew that we would need a replacement for the back end of the tournament and Morne was always at the top of the list,” said Scorchers coach Adam Voges.
“He brings a wealth of experience and has performed really well particularly in the Mzansi Super League in South Africa where he was one of the leading wicket-takers.
“He was really keen to come on board. Luckily I've played a bit with Morne over the years, so we've got a good relationship and he was super excited to get involved in the Big Bash.
“I think Chris has been fantastic for us, not only what he's brought with the ball but just the way that he's been around the group. His experience has helped the guys out on the field. We wanted someone of a similar calibre to come in and I think Morne will do a great job with that and continue the good work that Chris has done.
“We're going to get Morne to Perth next week and he'll be around the group for a week or so before he plays so that will be great for him to get to know everyone and hopefully make that transition a bit smoother.”
The 35-year-old Morkel boasts experience in other domestic T20 tournaments such as the Indian Premier League and Caribbean Premier League. He will join other South African – like former Proteas captain AB de Villiers at the Brisbane Heat, batsman David Miller at the Hobart Hurricanes and all-rounder Chris Morris at the Sydney Thunder – in the 2019-20 BBL. Former Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn recently represented the Melboune Stars, too.