Albie Morkel is an aggressive batsman who is known for his hard-hitting abilities as well as some useful bowling contributions. He is the elder brother of pacer Morne Morkel, who also plays for South Africa.
Morkel started his career playing for Easterns in the first class cricket and came to light when he picked up 6 wickets for 36 runs against the Griqualand West. He currently plays for Titans in the South African domestic cricket.
He has been a key player for various T20 League franchises. He has played for Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Perth Scorchers, St Lucia Zouks and Kandurata Warriors. He has also played county cricket representing Durham and Somerset.
He came to prominence against the touring West Indies in 2003-04, when he smashed a century and took five wickets. Success in this match earned him a spot in the South African side and he made his debut on 20th February 2004 against New Zealand.
Rise to glory
He made a come back after a poor debut and was a regular member of the limited overs team in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, when he also played his only test against Australia.
He made 58 runs with the bat but gave away 132 runs with the bowl taking just a single wicket.
He earned his first Man of the Series award for his stellar performances in the ODI series against Australia in 2009.
Despite having a good domestic record, Albie failed to deliver at the international level. An ankle injury ruled him out of the 2014-15 South African domestic season and thereafter from the 2015 World Cup. He is struggling to make his place in the national team.
Morkel is preferred for the limited overs cricket and has enjoyed his stints with the Chennai Super Kings for six seasons in the IPL.
He played some crucial knocks with the bat while bowling economical spells in the powerplay. He has played in various T20 leagues across the globe and does well in the shortest format of the game.