Morkel sidelined for four-six weeks

Morne Morkel could miss the initial phase of Global T20 League © AFP

Morne Morkel faces four to six weeks on the sidelines because of a side strain. While this means he’s certainly out of the second Test against Bangladesh starting October 6, he is also in doubtful for the initial phase of Cricket South Africa’s Global T20 League, where he is contracted to Pretoria Mavericks.

Morkel, who triggered Bangladesh’s second innings slide on Sunday, left the field in his sixth over. He didn’t return to bowl for the rest of the day and underwent a scan that confirmed his injury.

Morkel’s injury adds to a growing list of injury concerns surrounding fast bowlers in the South African camp. They are already without Dale Steyn, who continues to recover from a shoulder injury, Vernon Philander and Chris Morris, both of whom will only resume playing later in October.

Wayne Parnell, not considered for selection in this Test because of lack of four-day cricket recently, Beuran Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius are the other players who may come into consideration.

More to follow

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