Dec 21, 2013
The unfortunate incident happened during the second ball of the 14th over as Cheteshwar Pujara played Dale Steyn towards fine-leg to score a couple of runs. When Morkel sprinted from his fielding position at the boundary line, the right foot got stuck in the ground and his ankle twisted. While he returned the ball to the wicketkeeper, he was down on the ground crying for help. The team support staff then carried the bowler off the ground.
Morkel has been advised rest for a week which effectively rules him out of the next Test match as well.
Morkel’s pace bowling colleague, Vernon Philander on the unfortunate injury said, “Losing Morne was very painful. From then, we knew that Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and I will have to share the bowling load, with the spinners going for runs. It was a tough day to be in Graeme Smith’s shoes, one of those days. He won’t be bowling further in this match,” as reported by PTI.
Earlier, Morkel took three for 34 runs in 23 overs during India’ first innings and bowled with good rhythm. India are in a dominating position going into the fourth day’s play of the Test match, as they lead South Africa by 320 runs.
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