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Morne Morkel will be key in 3rd Test, says Dale Steyn

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Morne Morkel gave South Africa an early advantage in the first innings in Port Elizabeth © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Feb 28, 2014

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has hailed his teammate Morne Morkel, saying that the pace bowler will be the player to watch when his side takes on Australia in the series-deciding third Test starting at Newlands. Steyn tore through the Australian batting on Sunday to drive his side to a 231-run second Test win in Port Elizabeth that levelled the series at 1-1.

However, Sport24 reports that Steyn believes that Morkel may be the most effective of the South African pace attack on a Newlands wicket that is likely to be quicker with greater bounce, adding that he bowled extremely well on a flat wicket in Port Elizabeth and ”did the business”.

Stating that Morkel showed a different form from his former self during the second Test, Steyn said that Morkel was bowling up at 150km/h, bouncing the batsmen and started things off for the hosts in that first innings, although he did not get the credit he deserved.

The report mentioned that Steyn has been the spearhead of the South African attack during their rise to number one in Test cricket and is often regarded as angry and aggressive. However, the world’s number one Test bowler insisted that he is misunderstood and said that he has to be in a state of ”focused aggression” to put in those kinds of spells, adding that he feels like he has to be ready for a fight.

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