Morkel: Proteas hungry to bounce back after India debacle


South Africa will be firing on all cylinders for the Test series with England as they look to quickly put their defeat to India behind them, says Morne Morkel.

The world's top-ranked Test team suffered a surprising 3-0 series loss in India last month as they struggled on the turning pitches on the sub-continent.

That reverse was the Proteas' first away series defeat in nine years and seam bowler Morkel says they are determined to put things right against England.

Durban hosts the opening Test on Saturday and the 31-year-old is keen to make the most of beneficial conditions at Kingsmead.

"Definitely there is pressure, but it's pressure we enjoy," Morkel said. "We're playing at home.

"Things didn't go according to plan in India but time for us to front up and lead from the front. 

"The whole bowling unit is buzzing and excited about the 26th. Training has gone well so far, it was important for us to get the cobwebs out and be ready for Boxing Day."

Morkel also warned Alastair Cook's tourists to expect a rejuvenated Dale Steyn after South Africa's leading bowler missed their last three Tests with a groin strain.

He added: "Dale has got a bit of sideline fever and he is ready to go. He has really worked hard.

"You can just see the venom he has been bowling with in the nets today and it's exciting.

"There's been a lot said about him on social media and off the field and he will be ready to prove a point."