Morkel injured as Proteas struggle

The Proteas defeat at the hands of Western Australia in their first warm-up game Down Under was compounded by an injury to speedster Morne Morkel.

Morkel suffered a mild sprain when he appeared to twist his right ankle after slipping at the crease just as he was about to deliver his first ball of the day.

Morkel’s injury, which rules him out of Friday’s two-day warm-up game, will be a concern for Proteas management with question marks already over the fitness of Dale Steyn, skipper Graeme Smith and Paul Harris. The Protea’s inability to take wickets was also a cause for concern.

The Proteas were far from their best as they failed to score enough runs and their bowlers had little joy as Western Australia easily chased down the measly 185 needed for victory.

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first, but got off to a poor start when openers Neil McKenzie and JP Duminy were back in the pavilion early as they slipping to 41-2 after 16.2 overs.

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis were in no hurry to speed things up and appeared to be content to use the game as a batting exercise.

Amla played well for his 105* while Kallis enjoyed the practice facing 134 balls for his 52*.

However, 185 was never going to be enough as Western Australia, led by captain Adam Voges’s 87, cruised to victory with 4.5 overs to spare.

South Africa – 185-2 (50 overs)
Hashim Amla 105*, Jacques Kallis 52*

Western Australia – 215-4 (50 overs)
Adam Voges 87, David Brandy 53*, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 1-12

Western Australia won by six wickets

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