Morne Morkel joins Perth Scorchers as replacement for Chris Jordan
The Perth Scorchers have roped in veteran seamer Morne Morkel for the final stages of their Big Bash League campaign.
Morkel will be replacing England quick Chris Jordan, who has been called up by his country for the white-ball fixtures against South Africa next month.
The lanky fast bowler ranks as one of South Africa's greatest pacemen to play the game and boasts a tally of 544 international wickets across an illustrious career.
He will join the Scorchers squad next week with his first game set to be the Perth-based franchise's last league match on January 26.
It remains to be seen whether the Scorchers, who have slipped to fifth-place after their defeat to Melbourne Stars on Saturday, can make it into the tournament playoffs.
Morkel's addition to the squad, nevertheless, is a huge boost to the side and the South African ace player would be keen on prolonging his good form that was witnessed during the Mzansi Super League.
The 35-year-old, who retired from the highest level in 2018 following the home series against Australia, currently resides in Sydney and has declared his desire to acquire Australian citizenship that opens up the possibility of featuring as a local player in the next BBL edition.
Welcoming Morkel to the Scorchers family, head coach Adam Voges said: “Once we knew CJ [Chris Jordan] had been picked in the England side we knew that we would need a replacement for the back end of the tournament and Morne was always at the top of the list.
“He brings a wealth of experience and has performed really well particularly in the Mzansi Super League in South Africa where he was one of the leading wicket-takers.
“He was really keen to come on board. Luckily I’ve played a bit with Morne over the years so we’ve got a good relationship and he was super excited to get involved in the Big Bash.
“I think CJ has been fantastic for us, not only what he’s brought with the ball but just the way that he’s been around the group. His experience has helped the guys out on the field and he’s helping Mitch with his leadership as well. We wanted someone of a similar calibre to come in and I think Morne will do a great job with that and continue the good work that CJ has done.
“We’re going to get Morne to Perth next week and he’ll be around the group for a week or so before he plays so that will be great for him to get to know everyone and hopefully make that transition a bit smoother.”