Published: 4th March, 2019
Fast bowler Morne Morkel has signed a new deal that will see him remain at Surrey County Cricket 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 Specsavers 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.