Surrey secure Morkel signing

10 April 2018 09:38:03 EST

Former South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has signed a Kolpak deal to play for Surrey until the end of the 2019 county season.

Morkel, 33, will be available for all formats of the game, having recently retired from international cricket at the end of the Proteas' Test series victory at home to Australia.

He has had an outstanding career with South Africa and is a player that will add enormous strength and experience to our squad.

Alec Stewart

In an 86-match Test career, Morkel took 309 wickets, helping South Africa top the Test Championship for a total of 39 months between August 2012 and January 2016, while he also featured in 117 ODIs and 44 Twenty20 internationals.

"It is a real honour that Surrey have asked me to join their club after my retirement from international cricket," Morkel told his new county's official website.

"I am looking forward to settling into London with my family for the summer, making new friendships with team-mates and, hopefully, great memories on and off the field."

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart added: "He has had an outstanding career with South Africa and is a player that will add enormous strength and experience to our squad.

"His appetite to continue playing and most importantly performing was very evident from our very first conversation.

"He sets exceedingly high standards for himself and for our young bowlers to have the opportunity to train and play alongside Morne can only help to develop their own games."

Surrey are 9/2 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with reigning champions Essex 3/1 and Hampshire 5/1.

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