Surrey have signed South African fast bowler Morne Morkel on a two-year Kolpak deal, the club confirmed on Tuesday (April 10).
The South African, who played 86 Tests, 117 ODIs and 44 T20Is, is currently ranked seventh in the ICC’s Test bowling rankings and took 15 wickets at 19.60 in the series victory over Australia. Despite recent injury issues, including a serious back injury in 2016, Morkel will add pace and bounce to Surrey’s attack and should find the traditionally hard and true Oval surface to his liking despite a mixed record at the venue – nine wickets at 38.66 – in the three Tests he has played there.
“It is a real honour that Surrey asked me to join their club after my retirement from international cricket,” Morkel said. “I’ve got fond memories of playing at the Kia Oval and am looking forward to settling into London with my family for the summer, making new friendships with teammates and hopefully great memories on and off the field.”
Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, added: “Following his retirement from international cricket I am very pleased that Morne has signed for Surrey for at least the next two years. 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. We look forward to welcoming Morne and his family to the Kia Oval for the start of the season.”