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The South African seamer, recalled to his country's side for the third Test against Australia in Cape Town, needed just 7.3 overs to claim the three scalps he required to hit the landmark on Friday
Morne Morkel, left, and Dean Elgar made history on Friday
Morne Morkel has claimed his 300th Test wicket.
The South African seamer, recalled to his country's side for the third Test against Australia in Cape Town, needed just 7.3 overs to claim the three scalps he required to hit the landmark on Friday.
Morkel first struck with his third ball of the day to remove Usman Khawaja, before collecting the prize wicket of Steve Smith, caught in the gully by Dean Elgar.
Then, the veteran paceman had Shaun Marsh snaffled by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, leading to raucous scenes of celebration at Newlands.
Morkel, who has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the four-match series against the Aussies, joins a group of illustrious South African names to have passed the 300 barrier.
Morkel is congratulated by team-mates
They include national record-holder Shaun Pollock, who claimed 421 wickets over the course of his career, current team-mate Dale Steyn (419), Makhaya Ntini (390) and Allan Donald (330).
Morkel's collection of wickets includes 145 caught in the outfield, 82 caught behind, 43 bowled and 30 dismissed by way of lbw.
Australians have accounted for 49 of his 300 victims, with English batsmen most regularly dismissed (79).
Alastair Cook is Morkel's 'bunny'; the Protea has dismissed the England opener on 12 occasions in 36 innings. Mike Hussey and Andrew Strauss were both sent on their way by the quick eight times during their respective careers.
Meanwhile, Dean Elgar has equalled the Test record for the number of times he has carried his bat in a completed innings.
Elgar made 141 not out out of his country's 311 in the opening innings of the match in Cape Town, meaning he has now achieved the feat on three occasions.
Only one other man - Desmond Haynes of West Indies - has equalled that feat. Only five other South Africans have managed it even once.