Morne Morkel © Getty Images
Morne Morkel © Getty Images

The ball-tampering saga has overshadowed the South Africa Test series so much that one has forgotten about Morne Morkel‘s final Test of his cricketing career. Morkel had announced prior to the series that this would be his last as he wishes to focus on his family. Morkel has already played his last ODI against India two months ago. The ongoing fourth Test against Australia would be his last. Morkel did not have a great outing in ODIs. Yet, he holds better records than Daley Steyn.

Morkel has scalped 188 wickets from 117 matches at an average of 25.32. As for Tests, Morkel has been pretty much in and out of the squad since his debut in 2006. He has played second fiddle to Steyn, Vernon Philander and more recently to Kagiso Rabada.

Morkel has also added a milestone to his cap before calling it quits. Morkel was six away from 300 Test wickets. He surpassed that and would be entering the fourth Test on 306 wickets. He not only became the fifth South African to 300 wickets but also gained career-best No. 6 Test ranking amongst the bowlers.

Morkel has served his country for 12 years. Faf du Plessis had mentioned, “I hope we as a team, and the South African fans, can give him a good send-off.”

And here is how the other cricketers have paid tribute to Morkel ahead of the final Test:

South Africa have elected to bat in the final Test against Australia.