Morkel signs two-year deal with Surrey

Morne Morkel

Former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel has signed a two-year Kolpak deal with English side Surrey, the county confirmed on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Morkel retired from international cricket after helping the Proteas beat Australia in a Test series at home for the first time last month.

The lanky paceman took 309 wickets in 86 Tests while he also played 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is. He will be available in all formats for Surrey.

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Morkel said on the Surrey’ official website: “It is a real honour that Surrey have asked me to join their club after my retirement from international cricket.

“I’ve got fond memories of playing at The Oval and am looking forward to settling into London with my family for the summer, making new friendships with team-mates and hopefully great memories on and off the field.”

Surrey’s director of cricket, Alec Stewart, added: “Following his retirement from international cricket I am very pleased that Morne has signed for Surrey for at least the next two years.

“He has had an outstanding career with South Africa and is a player that will add enormous strength and experience to our squad. His appetite to continue playing and most importantly performing was very evident from our very first conversation.

“He sets exceedingly high standards for himself and for our young bowlers to have the opportunity to train and play alongside Morne can only help to develop their own games. We look forward to welcoming Morne and his family to the Kia Oval for the start of the season.”