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Albie Morkel
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Morkel in 2009 during a training session
Personal information
Full name
Johannes Albertus Morkel
Born (1981-06-10) 10 June 1981 (age 42)
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium-fast
Role All-rounder
Relations Morné Morkel (brother)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 304) 19 March 2009 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 76) 20 February 2004 v New Zealand
Last ODI 3 March 2012 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 81
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00–2005/06 Easterns
2003/04–2018/19 Titans (squad no. 81)
2008–2013 Chennai Super Kings
2008, 2010 Durham
2012 Somerset
2012/13–2017/18 Northerns
2013 Derbyshire
2013 St Lucia Zouks
2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2015 Delhi Daredevils
2016 Rising Pune Supergiants
2018 Durban Heat
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 58 77 222
Runs scored 58 782 4,117 3,994
Batting average 58.00 23.69 44.26 30.25
100s/50s 0/1 0/2 8/23 2/19
Top score 58 97 204* 134*
Balls bowled 192 2,073 11,807 6,745
Wickets 1 50 203 215
Bowling average 132.00 37.98 30.28 31.37
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/44 4/29 6/36 4/23
Catches/stumpings 0/– 15/– 34/– 63/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 2 December 2021

Johannes Albertus Morkel (born 10 June 1981), better known as Albie Morkel, is a former South African cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm medium fast and bats left-handed. He was earmarked as the new Lance Klusener from an early age and is famous for his six hitting abilities. Albie has a younger brother, Morné Morkel, who also played international cricket for South Africa while his father Albert played provincial cricket in South Africa. He has a particularly impressive first class record, with a batting average of 44.0 and a bowling average of 29.0. In January 2019, he retired from all forms of cricket.

Currently he is the assistant coach of the Namibia national cricket team which qualified for 2020 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia on 29th Oct 2019.


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Morkel at fielding practice, Adelaide Oval, January 2009


His bowling was quite impressive in his first seasons in first class cricket, as he burst onto the scene with six for 36 for Easterns against Griqualand West, but in the 2004/05 season he was expected to take more of the bowling effort for the Titans, but took only 20 wickets at a bowling average of 40.65. However, that coincided with an improvement in his batting, as he made his first double century of his career, with 204 not out against Western Province Boland.

During the 2008 summer season Morkel played for Durham County Cricket Club in the North East of England along with fellow South African Shaun Pollock mainly in the Twenty20 Cup competition. He was dropped from the national team for the tour of the West indies, opening the door for David Miller and others.

In 2012, Morkel was confirmed as Somerset's second overseas player alongside Chris Gayle. Roelof van der Merwe was expected to be retained by Somerset but it was expected that a work permit would not be granted.

He joined Derbyshire in 2013 as an overseas player for their Friends Life t20 campaign.


His statistics on his international debut tour to New Zealand were not very impressive, as he got two wickets at the cost of 48 runs apiece, but he did get five wickets quite cheaply on Zimbabwe's tour of South Africa. Nevertheless, Morkel was picked for the Africa squad to play Asia in the 2005 Afro-Asia Cup, but withdrew due to injury. He appeared however for Africa the following series, in 2007, and made history in the second game when he opened the bowling with his brother Morné, the first instance of two brothers doing so in ODI cricket.

In 2009 he secured two-man-of-the-match accolades against Australia in the Commonwealth Series down under, as well as the Man of the Series accolade for the One Day Internationals.

He was promoted to the Test side for the third Test of the home series against Australia in 2008/09, replacing his brother Morné in the side.

T20 franchise cricket

Albie played for the Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League where he had a very successful tournament as an all-rounder.

He is one of the regular names in the overseas four of the playing XI. Morkel's big-hitting abilities and consistent bowling performances has been one of the key reasons of the Super Kings' successful run in the Indian Premier League. In the 2010 IPL, he struck a record third-wicket partnership in the tournament along with Murali Vijay against the Rajasthan Royals. At the 2012 Indian Premier League, he was the winner of the Super Sixes tournament, with a distance of 105m.

Morkel was retained by Chennai for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.

On 12 April 2012, in the Chepauk stadium at Chennai, he hit 28 runs in one over of Virat Kohli's bowling which ultimately brought victory to Chennai Super Kings from a no win position after chasing a massive total of 206 in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Such exploits with the bat and his useful bowling gained him immense popularity and recognition and made him a household name among the Super Kings' fans.

He was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹2,40,00,000 ahead of the 2014 season.

He was purchased by the Delhi Daredevils for ₹30,00,000 ahead of the 2015 season. On 9 April 2015 he hit 73 runs off 55 balls against his former team the Chennai Super Kings with eight fours and one six at Chennai. Delhi in the end fell short by one run in a close game.

He represented Rising Pune Supergiant for the 2016 Indian Premier League season.

In October 2018, he was named in Durban Heat's squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.

Personal life

Albie hails from an Afrikaner family, who are big cricket fans. Albie was born to Albert and Mariana Morkel as the second of three children; Morné Morkel is the youngest; his older brother, Malan also played cricket. Albie is married to his childhood crush, Marthmari (née Groenewald). Their son, Albertus Johannes "AJ" Morkel was born on 1 December 2009 sharing his birthday with new West Indies Cricket Team Test captain Kraigg Braithwaite and the their daughter Cara Morkel was born on 4 June 2011. [1] The family lives in Pretoria. Prior to marriage, he used to live with his brother Morné and teammate AB de Villiers in Pretoria.

On 22 December 2016 while playing cricket during a holiday at Mossel Bay, Albie found a piece of debris that several believe is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. This was reported on 24 December, and it is believed to be a trailing edge from the flap segment that was found in June 2016 at Kojani, Pemba Island in Tanzania.

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