Morkel made a huge impact in first full season of domestic cricket, taking 59 wickets at an average of 14.32 in the ten matches he played.
Morkel made a huge impact in first full season of domestic cricket, taking 59 wickets at an average of 14.32 in the ten matches he played.

Fast bowler Morne Morkel has signed a new deal with the 2018 Championship winner Surrey County Cricket Club, that will see the 34-year-old remain at the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Morkel made a huge impact in first full season of domestic cricket, taking 59 wickets at an average of 14.32 in the ten matches he played.

He had originally signed a two year deal at the club, but has now extended his stay in London until at least the end of the 2020 summer.

Through a combination of pace, aggression and steepling bounce, Morkel proved hugely effective in the County Championship, memorably dismissing Lancashire’s Matthew Parkinson, caught at short leg off Will Jacks, as Surrey won a dramatic victory at the Kia Oval on their way to the 2018 Championship title.

As well as his match winning display against the Red Rose, the South African also enjoyed a five wicket haul at Worcestershire in Surrey’s title clinching victory, against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and against Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, said: “Morne was outstanding for us during his first season, both on and off the field. I am delighted he has extended his contract with the club.”

Morkel is currently with his young family in Sydney but will rejoin with Surrey on the club’s impending pre-season training camp in Dubai, travelling back to London in late March.