Morne Morkel to replace injured Chris Morris

South Africa allrounder Chris Morris has been ruled out of the remaining Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand because of a left quad strain sustained in the first match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday.

Morris bowled 3.4 overs on debut and took 2 for 19 before he had to leave the field mid-way through his final over.

“Chris will need a recovery period of at least two to three weeks after injuring his left quad during the game, that effectively rules him out of the series,” South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

“When he was bowling his fourth over he went for the effort ball, where he tried to bowl a short one, that is where he aggravated the injury.

“He was always fifty-fifty coming into the series, but yesterday when he had his fitness test he passed all the clinical markers. It is one of those injuries that can happen at any time.”

Morne Morkel, who was only scheduled to take part in the final T20I on December 26 in Port Elizabeth, will now meet up with squad in East London on Saturday ahead of the second match at Buffalo Park on Sunday.

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