Morne Morkel to quit international cricket

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February 27, 2018
Morne Morkel

South Africa's fast bowler Morne Morkel has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the upcoming Australia Test series. South Africa will host Australia for four Tests starting March 1 in Durban.

"It was an extremely tough decision but I feel the time is right to start a new chapter," Morkel told cricket website espncricinfo.com. "I have a young family and a foreign wife, and the current demanding international schedule has put a lot of strain on us. I have to put them first and this decision will only benefit us going forward.

"I have loved every minute that I have played in the Proteas jersey, and I am incredibly grateful to my teammates, Cricket South Africa, and my family and friends for the support over the years. I still feel there is a lot of cricket left in me and I am excited for what lies ahead."

The 33-year-old will now finish his international career on April 3 when the fourth Test ends in Johannesburg. If he plays all four matches, Morkel will finish with 87 Tests and will add to his current tally of 294 Test wickets - fifth overall for South Africa.

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