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Morne Morkel joins Surrey on two-year deal

Surrey have confirmed that the South African , who recently retired from Test cricket, will be available in all three formats until the end of the 2019 season

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Surrey have confirmed that the South African, who recently retired from Test cricket, will be available in all three formats until the end of the 2019 season.

Morkel retired at the end of South Africa's home series against Australia, in which he took 15 wickets at 19.60. The 33-year-old ended his international playing days with 309 Test wickets to his name, since making his debut in 2006.

Morkel greeted the move, saying: “It is a real honour that Surrey have asked me to join their club after my retirement from international cricket.

“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.”

Surrey's 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.”

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