DateLine: 27th April 2009
Albie Morkel, a right-arm fast-medium bowler and left-handed batsman rose to prominence playing for his provincial side Easterns against the touring West Indians in 2003-04 where he scored a century and take five wickets at Benoni. Ray Jennings, his provincial coach and a former South African wicketkeeper, predicted some time ago that Morkel would become a world-class all-rounder, and Morkel was given his first taste of international action when picked for the tour of New Zealand in 2003-04. However, his early career brought only a glimpse of his talent and Twenty20 appears made for his type of play.
Morkel comes from a cricketing family, with father Albert having played for Transvaal B and his brother Morne having also played for South Africa. He made his Test debut for South Africa against Australia in the third Test in Cape Town in March 2009, replacing his brother who was dropped for the game.