Morkel surprised by Proteas recall

All-rounder Albie Morkel aims to help the team succeed at the ICC World Twenty20.

Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Unlimited Titans big hitter Albie Morkel did not expect to be involved with the Proteas again, but never gave up hope of representing his country at some point.

Morkel was speaking ahead of the Proteas' second T20 against Australia on Wednesday at Kingsmead.

The first T20 between the sides was rained out on Sunday in Port Elizabeth.

Morkel last played for the Proteas in a T20 international against India in 2012 but, having had a tremendous season for the Titans in domestic competition, the all-rounder has been called up for the three-match series against Australia.

Morkel expects his role in the team to be the same as it has been in the past.

"It's not really going to change. They want me to finish games off. David Miller, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and myself, we'll be looking to bat out overs 10-20 to finish the games."

The T20 series against Australia is preparation for the team's challenge in the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh next month.

Morkel believes his experience in the IPL will be helpful in dealing with sub-continent conditions.

"I've got lots of experience there from playing in the IPL. Bangladesh isn't too different to playing in India. Hopefully I can contribute, not only through playing, but also through planning for playing under those conditions and under that kind of pressure. I can help the younger guys in the team."

Morkel added that the team's success in recent years means that they go into the competition in perfect shape to set up a title challenge.

"I think it's an exciting squad. There are a lot of young players but also a lot of guys with experience. There are guys that have played in the IPL and done well there, and also guys that have done well in the past season. If you go down the list from player one to player fourteen, everyone has had an outstanding performance somewhere in the season, whether it was for South Africa or for their domestic sides."

Morkel's return to the Proteas side is a turnaround in fortunes after he decided to take a three-month break from the game at the beginning of the season.

Morkel thinks the time away has helped him reignite his love for the sport.

"It definitely helped me mentally. I think if you are to perform consistently, the most important part is being mentally strong and refreshed. You have to wake up every day wanting to go to the nets, wanting to train and wanting to perform. I think that's the biggest thing I got out of the break. I got that back."