PROLIFIC SOUTH AFRICAN SEAMER MORNE MORKEL JOINED THE CLUB ON A KOLPAK CONTRACT AFTER HIS RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL CRICKET IN APRIL 2018.
Following his Test debut in 2006, the right arm fast bowler formed the backbone of one of the most feared pace attacks in the world and claimed more than 300 wickets in a distinguished 86-match career for the Proteas.
Morkel, who also made 161 international white ball appearances, has ranked in the ICC’s Top 10 bowlers in all formats of the game for much of his career including a spell at number one in the ODI rankings.
Son of Albert and brother of Malan and Albie, all cricketers in their own right, Morkel’s height and express pace allows him to generate a steepling bounce that has proved too hot to handle for many an elite batsman on a range of pitches around the world.
Morkel’s first year with Surrey could hardly have gone better; taking 59 wickets and turning several matches with unplayable spells often coming in the second innings as Surrey went on to win the Specsavers County Championship.
Morkel has had two previous spells in the English county game, with Kent in 2007 and Yorkshire in 2008.