A week from now will see the beginning of the 1st of 4 Test matches between South Africa and England, starting at Lords. Since readmission to international cricket in 1991 South Africa are yet to win a Test series in England. They have come close but on each occasion have lost the final Test to draw the series. They will be looking to change that this time and have just the balance to do so.
South Africa are without Shaun Pollock who has retired but in Morne Morkel they have a star in the making. Dale Steyn has rightly received all the plaudits for his exploits over the last year and with England looking to combat his pace and aggression they may just over look his Titans team mate, Morne Morkel.
Morkel made a great impact in the T20 World Cup, along with brother Albie, and was about the best bowler on show. While that was his introduction to the international stage it is as a Test match bowler that he is thought to be best suited to. His Test match career as started steadily if not spectacularly, with 17 wickets in 6 Tests at an average of 32,35. He has bowled a lot better than his figures suggest and has not had the luck that other more successful bowlers have enjoyed. However he has had his fair share of injuries and is just making his way back from time out, and thus getting fitter and stronger with each match.
Morkel posses genuine pace and aggression to frighten the best of batsman. But his main weapon is the bounce he generates to accompany that pace. While many in England will not know to much about him they will be fully aware of Andre Nel and what he is capable of. Morkel is currently keeping Nel out of the Test squad and while that may surprise many not aware of what Morkel has to offer this coming Test series should show them exactly why.
With Morkels injuries hopefully behind him this series could be the one that really announces Morne Morkel on the international Test scene and cement himself as a weapon in the South African Test attack.