Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel says he has settled comfortably in his role in the current T20 set-up, despite the pressures and expectations of the format. He has come a long way since he made his International debut in the Proteas’ maiden T20 International in 2005, and feels more assured about his part in the squad.
“I think for the first time in a long time we have a settled T20 side where guys have certain roles,” Morkel said. “My role (batting) is to try and give our team a kick when we need it and, in the bowling department, I have been bowling in different situations so I’m also enjoying that role. I’m not trying to hide from the big moments; I take them on with the ball as well. That gives me as a person more things to concentrate on.”
He has been present at all three of South Africa’s ICC World Twenty20 campaigns, and has had a constant role; changing the momentum in the dying overs of the match.
“I enjoy that (batting at the death), it’s a high pressure situation and your success rate is probably five out of 10 or lower. To make an impact in a T20 game is such small margins,” added Morkel, who is the second highest capped Protea behind AB de Villiers.
The Proteas face Pakistan in their first Super Eight match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday, and will be adequately prepared for the challenges they may encounter in this phase of the tournament.
“It’s a very tough group,” Morkel said. “It’s going to be a tough group to qualify in, we’re playing in Colombo and we haven’t played here yet. It looks like the wicket is a lot slower and may take a bit of turn.
“I think this week we’ll focus on those scenarios and what we’ll face in terms of spinners in the power play, and more spin throughout the middle periods.”