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Albie Morkel
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Personal information
Full name Johannes Albertus Morkel
Born 10 June 1981 (1981-06-10) (age 28)
Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right–arm fast
Role All-rounder
Relations M Morkel (brother)
International information
National side South Africa
Only Test 19 March 2009 v Australia
ODI debut 20 February 2004 v New Zealand
Last ODI 22 November 2009 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008-present Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 81)
Career statistics
Competition ODIs FC LA T20I
Matches 46 63 151 24
Runs scored 619 3,148 2,296 361
Batting average 24.76 41.97 28.00 24.06
100s/50s 0/2 5/19 0/10 0/0
Top score 97 204* 97 43
Balls bowled 1,768 9,356 5,946 346
Wickets 47 163 161 15
Bowling average 33.40 29.73 29.80 29.93
5 wickets in innings 0 4 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/29 6/36 4/23 2/12
Catches/stumpings 11/– 25/– 29/– 11/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 November 2009

Johannes Albertus Morkel (born 10 June 1981 in Vereeniging, Transvaal Province, South Africa), usually referred to as just Albie Morkel, is a South African cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm-fast and bats left-handed. He is famous for his six hitting abilities in Twenty20 cricket. Albie has a brother, Morne Morkel, who also plays international cricket for South Africa while his father played provincial cricket in South Africa.

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Career

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First Class

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 only took 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 Albie 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.

International

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 in the summer of runs an over. Nevertheless, Morkel was picked for the Africa squad to play Asia in the 2005 Afro-Asian 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 Morne, the first time two brothers have done so in ODI cricket.

Albie has been more successful in the Twenty20 format of the game. He made his Twenty20 debut against New Zealand in October 2005. He was a prominent member of the South African team in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 held in South Africa where he made several important contributions with the bat including a man-of-the-match performance against England in Cape Town.

His recently secured two man-of-the-match accolades against Australia in the current Commonwealth Series 2009 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, ironically replacing his brother Morne in the side.

Indian Premier League

Morkel at fielding practice, Adelaide Oval, January 2009

Albie played for the Chennai Super Kings in the inaugral season of the Indian Premier League where he had a very successful tournament as an all-rounder scoring 241 runs and taking 17 wickets.

Personal life

Albie comes from an Afrikaner family. Ablie"s family is mad of cricket. Albie is born to Albert and Marion Morkel as the second of three children making Morne Morkel the youngest. His older brother, Malan also played cricket. Albie is married to his childhood crush, Marthmari (nee Groenewald). They have a son named AJ born on 1st December 2009. The family lives in Pretoria. Before Albie got married, he used to live with his team mate AB de Villiers in Pretoria.

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