Morkel back in ODI squad

MORNE Morkel has been added to the Proteas' Standard Bank ODI squad for the remainder of the MTN cricket series against England.

MORNE Morkel has been added to the Proteas' Standard Bank ODI squad for the remainder of the MTN cricket series against England.

"Morne will join up with the squad in Cape Town (today)," commented selection chief Mike Procter.

"He has shown good form in domestic cricket this season and was also impressive in the 50 overs match for South Africa A against England a week ago.

"He will definitely form part of our plans for the Castle Test series as well, so the sooner we have him involved with the team the better," he said.

Morkel played in seven of the Proteas' 10 ODIs against Australia last season and was also part of the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in England earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa has appointed IFM Sports Marketing Surveys South Africa to look at possible reasons behind poor attendances at the opening international matches against England.

Bidvest Wanderers Stadium attracted 16600 spectators for the first Standard Bank International Pro20 match, while 7934 spectators were at SuperSport Park in Centurion where South Africa won the second Pro20 in record-breaking fashion to draw the series 1-all with England.

Cricket SA chief executive Gerald Majola said: "We like hearing from the fans. The last fan survey we ran provided some interesting insights, some of which we have already followed up.

"People asked for more information so we launched our Facebook and Twitter platforms, which have been extremely popular and have dramatically improved our interactions with fans."

Marc Jury, managing director of IFM, said: "Through our research across different sporting codes, we have always encountered the response that the 'energy and atmosphere' of live sporting events is a critical element in drawing supporters. Something that is evident is that the live experience has not kept pace with the ease and comfort of the TV product and thus people often choose to watch from their living rooms instead of Row F." - Sapa

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