Proteas’ bowling coach Donald backs Morkel to regain form

Updated: Dec 21, 2011, 11:06 AM IST

Johannesburg: South Africa’s bowling coach Allan Donald has backed pace bowler Morne Morkel to regain his form.

“It’s one spell away for him. We tinkered with a few things after the day’s play and I think he’s confident enough now to take it further,” a website quoted Donald, as saying.

Morkel has claimed six wickets this season at a cost of 38.6, including three for nine when Australia was wrapped up for 47 runs.

"I put myself in Morne’s shoes a lot of the time. I was a rhythm bowler and a confidence bowler and I needed to bowl a lot to have that confidence to bowl in certain areas with good pace, and Morne is exactly the same. He’s a world class bowler and we`re confident it’s just one spell,” Donald added.

Donald said the green wicket in Centurion helped the South African bowlers but increased pressure on Morkel to bowl full- length deliveries.

The return of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and the likely debut of Marchant de Lange to the squad will likely step up pressure on Morkel.