Titans put faith in Morkel

Albie Morkel (Gallo Images)
Albie Morkel (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - The decision to give Albie Morkel time to rest has been vindicated with some top performances for his team in the domestic T20 challenge says Titans Chief executive Jacques Faul.

The former Proteas player was rested from the Titans lineup, but came back into the team for the T20 competition and scored 148 runs with an average of 37, at an exceptional strike rate of 157.

"Albie has come out and proven a point," said Faul in Centurion on Wednesday.

Faul was speaking at the announcement of the Titans partnering with Sage VIP HR & Payroll to monitor personnel performance management at the franchise.

"He's played a lot of cricket. We were criticised, and Albie was criticised for resting.

"It's actually what he needed. He's been playing since he was very young.

"He's played a lot of cricket in his career. Coming back from this, I think he's answering a few questions. I'm glad we made the decision for him to rest."

Faul said Morkel's calibre had never been in doubt.

"He's definitely putting up his hand as one of the most dangerous cricketers in world cricket.

"Luckily for us he's wearing light-blue."

Morkel already had a top score of 66 in the competition, and had been instrumental in the performance of the Titans.

"It's been unbelievable, Albie's a fantastic player.

"He's somebody that can swing a game. You don't like bowling to him --you're intimidated."

Faul said it would not be a surprise if Morkel were recalled to the national team.

"I think he deserves a national call-up if he continues to play like this, I think he can help South Africa."

As for the results of the Titans who were third on the log before Wednesday's game against the Cobras, Faul was optimistic about their title aspirations. "We'd like to have a few more points behind our name, but in saying that, it's a fast moving competition.

"We're halfway through, we've had some amazing games and some mediocre performances.

"Now it's the business end of the competition, and it's a very important competition for us. From here on it's important for us to do well."

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