Morkel proves a point

After spending time in the wilderness of Test cricket, Morné Morkel has returned a much-improved player for it.

In the new issue of SA Cricket magazine, on sale this week, Morkel speaks openly about the ‘hurt’ he suffered after being dropped from the national squad and his desire to fight his way back and repay the faith shown in him by coach Mickey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith.

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‘I felt that I had failed them in some ways coming into the England series. I’d perform badly then the next day I’d read in the papers how good they thought I was and how they’d beg people to be patient with me,’ Morkel says. ‘They were risking their reputations and credibility by saying those things, and I wanted to prove that they weren’t paying me lip service. So I resolved to get back into the Test side and be the player they were saying I was.’

Morkel goes on to reveal what aspects of his game he’s changed, while Allan Donald explains what weapons the Proteas speedster still needs to add to his arsenal.

Also in the new issue:

Mickey Arthur took the Proteas to the summit of Test cricket but was frustrated by the team’s one-day failures

Kepler Wessels on his new role with the Proteas, the state of South African cricket and his son’s decision to play in England

Alviro Petersen on cementing his place in the Proteas ODI line-up, his change of technique, and the prospect of opening the batting in Tests

– India captain MS Dhoni has added substance to style

– The Proteas need a couple of game breakers and a bit of luck if they are to win the World Twenty20 in April

Loots Bosman on the World Twenty20 in the West Indies, his approach to batting and his altercation with Mickey Arthur

– The decision to expand the IPL from eight to 10 teams in 2011 has led to a growing chorus of discontent over the tournament’s impact on the game

Yusuf Abdulla on his IPL success in South Africa last year, bowling on flat Indian wickets and his Proteas ambitions

– While Stephen Cook has stepped out of his father Jimmy’s shadow this season, the two still share a special bond