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    South African paceman Morne Morkel has forecast a short ball barrage at Australian captain Michael Clarke in a bid to halt his run-scoring spree.

    Morkel says the Proteas need to be wiser in their approach to Clarke in the second Test in Adelaide starting Thursday.

    Clarke’s rich form continued in the drawn series opener in Brisbane with a superb unbeaten 259 in Australia’s sole innings.

    But Morkel says astute use of the short ball, and denying Clarke scoring singles, will feature in South Africa’s planning for Australia’s in-form leader.

    “Any batsmen struggles a bit at first with the short ball so we will probably come up with game plans and start working on those sort of things,” Morkel told reporters on Monday.

    “Definitely that is a plan to always use a short ball – you have got two short balls an over so why not use it.

    “We just need to use it in a clever way and see how we go from there.”

    Clarke’s Brisbane epic was his third Test score higher than 200 this year, a feat only previously accomplished in Test cricket by Sir Donald Bradman in 1930 and Ricky Ponting in 2003.

    “He played very, very well,” Morkel said.

    “If we can create more pressure and try and stop him from rotating strike … that will be key.”

    Morkel said the South Africans were also urgently addressing their costly spate of no balls in the Brisbane Test, where Proteas bowlers over-stepped 23 times.

    Morkel was denied Ed Cowan’s wicket because of a no ball while Australian quicks Peter Siddle and James Pattinson also lost wickets due to no balls.

    “It’s a controllable,” Morkel said.

    “It is something I personally have been working hard on … the stats show we have been bowling quite a lot (of no balls) over the past few Test matches and Test series so it’s definitely a thing that we are targeting at the moment.”

    The South Africans managed just five Australian wickets at the Gabba and Morkel said their highly-rated pace bowling brigade needed to improve.

    “We know what to do to lift our game,” he said.

    “They (Australia’s batsmen) are all quality players, the way they play in these conditions here, the way they leave the ball, does make it tough.

    “We have played against quality opposition and this is just another challenge for us.

    “There is a lot of talk about our bowling attack being number one and hopefully we can produce that.”

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    • November 20th 2012 @ 8:12am
      Jason said | November 20th 2012 @ 8:12am | ! Report

      Clarke will be delighted if he faces a stack of bouncers early in his innings. Short stuff on the Adelaide Oval sounds like nice way to ease himself into an innings.

      • November 20th 2012 @ 10:31am
        Jamie said | November 20th 2012 @ 10:31am | ! Report

        Agreed-reverse psychology surely! Bowling half-trackers on the slowest pitch with the shortest square boundaries sounds like the Saffa equivalent of those ‘leaked’ plans.

      • November 21st 2012 @ 9:52am
        Matt F said | November 21st 2012 @ 9:52am | ! Report

        Agreed. If there is one ground where you don’t want to employ this tactic it’s Adelaide

    • November 20th 2012 @ 8:23am
      jameswm said | November 20th 2012 @ 8:23am | ! Report

      If this came from an Aussie fast bowler, say Siddle or Pattinson, it’d be considered bad sportsmanship and mouthing off.

      • November 20th 2012 @ 3:56pm
        geoffo said | November 20th 2012 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

        Give it a break James. Thats a very mild and rational statement from Morkel. From all accounts he’s an extremely humble fellow who is certainly not known for his sledging.

        Siddle and Pattinson engaged in totally uncouth sledging at Brisbane consisting entirely of swearing. I don’t think they have it in them to produce anything more subtle or humorous.They are basically nobodies as yet in the fast bowling world and should maybe wait till they establish reputations before a repeat dose.

        • November 21st 2012 @ 9:39am
          jameswm said | November 21st 2012 @ 9:39am | ! Report

          Siddle’s the 5th ranked fast bowler in the world – I might add one spot AHEAD of Morkel. Who’s the nobody?

          I’ll dumb it down for you geoffo. If Siddle or Pattinson had said before a test that an opposition batsman should expect a lot of short stuff, the media and PC pundits like yourself would rip into them for their comments. Just like you have here.

          I’ve got no problem with what Morkel said. My point (I’ll say it again for you) is that if one of those Aussies had said the same thing, they’d be criticised for it.

          • November 22nd 2012 @ 12:35am
            Sandy said | November 22nd 2012 @ 12:35am | ! Report

            Totally agree, I’ll never forget the amount of criticism our boys had to endure in 2009.

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      November 21st 2012 @ 2:10am
      Neuen said | November 21st 2012 @ 2:10am | ! Report

      Think Morkel was misinterpreted. It should say Morne Morkel has forecast a no ball barrage at Australian captain Michael Clarke

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