Morkel shines for SA in Melbourne

South Africa beat Australia by three wickets in the first one-day international in Melbourne on...

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<?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> beat <?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><country-region u2:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Australia</country-region></country-region> by three wickets in the first one-day international in <city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on"><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Melbourne on Friday.

Australia batted first and scored 271 for seven in their 50 overs.

Opener Shaun Marsh top scored for the hosts, scoring 79 with David Hussey contributing 52.

A partnership of 123 between JP Duminy and Neil McKenzie took the South Africans close with Albie Morkel closing out the match with 40 off 18 deliveries.

Morkel’s innings secured him the Man of the Match Award and he said he was not particularly worried about batting with the tail.

“I had confidence in Johan (Botha); we’ve been batting nicely in the nets all week. Being down in the Twenty20’s and to come back in this fashion is really good for the team.”

Morkel added that it was good to make a significant contribution to the team.

“I missed out in the Pro20’s, had a good opportunity to score runs there but I’m just happy I saw the team through today. I’ve been in similar positions back home where I get out and the team ends up losing, so I’m just really happy I could be there at the end.”

The two sides clash again in <city u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on"><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Hobart on Sunday.