Cricket: Ex-South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel to assist White Ferns at Twenty20 World Cup

The White Ferns' coaching ranks for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa have been bolstered by the addition of ex-Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel.

Morkel will aid the New Zealand fast bowlers during the tournament, coming off a stint with Namibia at last year's T20 World Cup in Australia.

The 38-year-old's knowledge of local conditions will prove invaluable for the White Ferns, who're targeting their first international tournament victory since winning the women's Cricket World Cup in 2000. 

The opportunity to join the White Ferns group and get involved in the women's game was a no-brainer for me," Morkel said.

"The women's game is growing so rapidly around the world, and this a great opportunity for me to build experience in the women's game and share my knowledge of international cricket to help this team get better.

"I've been following the women's game and the White Ferns closely over the last couple of years, especially since moving to Australia and seeing their players who have played in the Women's Big Bash.

"I know a lot about the South African conditions and have spent a lot of time working here in the past year, so that's some important knowledge that I'll be able to share with this group during the tournament."

"I'm really looking forward to meeting the group when they arrive in South Africa and getting started."

As a player, Morkel boasts a bowling record among the best South Africa has ever seen. 

In 86 tests, the giant quick took 309 wickets at an average of just under 28, and 188 wickets in 117 one day internationals at an average of just over 25. 

In the shortest format, Morkel took 47 wickets in 44 games, also at an average of just over 25. 

The White Ferns begin their Twenty20 World Cup against Australia in Paarl on February 12 (NZ time), and also face hosts South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in pool play.