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Albie Morkel hopes IPL stint earns him a Test spot

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Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 18:00 [IST]
 
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Albie Morkel aims for Test berth

Chennai, Apr 13: South African all-rounder Albie Morkel has not performed upto his standards after being compared to Lance Klusener. While his younger brother Morne has developed as an international cricketer over the years. But Albie hopes his experience in the Indian Premier League will help get a spot in the South African Test squad.

Chennai scored an impossible 45 runs in 2 overs to chase the second highest total of 206 in IPL history. Albie's 7-ball 28 turned the game around for Chennai which went on to till the last ball of the innings.

Albie told IANS that playing of Chennai since the inception of the league in 2008 has helped him a lot and at Chennai Super Kings he feels at home.

"A lot of other guys move from franchise to franchise every season but for me the change doesn't not help. Once you know what you get from a certain franchise like Super Kings, you feel at home. I think it is a very good thing," he said.

Albie said Chennai have been the most successful team in the IPL, winning two trophies in four years, because they have retained key players.

"A lot of other guys move from franchise to franchise every season but for me the change doesn't not help. Once you know what you get from a certain franchise like Super Kings, you feel at home. I think it is a very good thing," he said.

Albie has played in just one Test since making his debut in 2004, while his brother Morne has played in 21 Tests. After being dropped several times in 2010, he has made a significant comeback in 2011. But Albie is not concerned about his critics and his totally committed on playing cricket irrespective of country or franchise.

"That sort of stuff does not bother me anymore. Earlier, I would have taken pressure on myself as to why I am not a regular in the team but now I am much more relaxed. I just try to give my best on the field. In my younger days, I would try to win every match but now I have mellowed down," he said.

"The last few series I have been part of the national squad and hopefully I will stay there for long. It is every cricketers' dream to play for the country. If it has to happen, it will happen. I am not going to put pressure on myself," said Morkel.

Albie hopes South African selectors consider his performances in IPL keeping an eye on the upcoming twenty20 World Cup.

"I am sure they (selectors) are keeping a close watch on my performance. IPL is in world space and every one watches it. It is tough cricket. You have fantastic mix of Indian and foreign players. Sometime it is tougher than international cricket with so much travelling involved," he said.

"The next big thing is the Twenty20 World Cup. I have planned my winter in such a way that I am active till the tournament. Next I will be playing country cricket for Somerset and hopefully will be selected for the England tour in July-August," he said.

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