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Morkel could become most devastating : Donald

Published: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 15:21 [IST]
 
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Morkel is next 'White Lightning': Donald

Melbourne: Former South African bowling great Allan Donald believes that Morne Morkel will be the new ''White Lightning''of Test cricket, and could become the world's most devastating fast bowler.

Hailing the "scary'' potential of the rumbling 201 centimeter tall Proteas'' pacer, Donald said: “It is scary that he is as good as he is after a handful of Tests. If he's not put under unnecessary pressure and is managed well, he''ll surpass anything I achieved in my career."

“We haven't even come close to seeing his best yet and I can't wait for him to start dominating batting attacks, The Daily Telegraph quoted Donald as adding.

"Manage him well and he could dominate world cricket,'''' Donald told the South Africa Cricket magazine.

He also told how he has mentored 24-year-old Morkel from close quarters in his role as bowling coach at English County side Warwickshire.

Morkel is tall enough to look West Indian legend Curtly Ambrose in the eye and he stands just three centimeters shorter than Joel ''Big Bird'' Garner.

With a brutal top speed of about 150km/h and a release height of about 275cm, it is Morkel''s steepling bounce that will trouble Australia''s ageing top-order.

Donald, who took 330 wickets in a glittering Test career, believes Morkel is a rare talent who could be out of this world.

The skyscraping quick has taken 40 wickets in 12 Tests. His best deliveries are breathtaking, but his worst can be trash.

During the forthcoming series, he is expected to bowl after Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini.

ANI

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