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Would love to have Kirsten as SA coach: Morne Morkel

New Delhi: South African speedster Morne Morkel feels that his country`s cricket would benefit highly if Gary Kirsten decides to coach the national team.

"I would love to see Gary (Kirsten) coach South African team. He has a proven track record. Personally, I have always shared a great rapport with Gary. He is loved and respected in the South African dressing room. His success with India has been phenomenal and he now knows a thing or two about how it feels to win the World Cup," Morkel told reporters.

Interestingly, Cricket South Africa are keen on roping in Kirsten as Corrie van Zyl`s tenure as the chief coach ended after the World Cup.

As the discussion veered towards IPL and Delhi Daredevils` unimpressive show, Morkel was forthright in admitting that the Feroz Shah Kotla track has proved to be a difficult one for pacers.

"It`s been hard work for us. But the pitch can`t be an excuse for not bowling well. Our performance has been a culmination of both poor batting and bowling. I guess on this track it`s difficult to get too many wickets. So we should rather try and restrict the batsmen," the 26-year-old speedster from Transvaal said.

He said that Dale Steyn`s bowling is something that the Delhi bowlers should emulate at the death overs.

"Once the ball gets soft, you need to take the pace off your deliveries. Look at how Steyn used the cutters to good effect at the end of our innings. Skill wise, we are a good team. It`s just that we need a bit of confidence as lot of guys are playing together for the first time."

On personal front, he is still recovering from a stomach bug that has weakened him considerably.

"I am training hard to get my strength back after being bitten by the stomach bug. Hopefully, we do well in the remaining 10 matches and our fans would have a reason to smile."

PTI

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