Chris Morris, South Africa all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: A complete package, Morris can make a strong impact in England

Morris brings experience and pace to South Africa’s World Cup attack, and more than a little batting ability down the order.

Telford Vice, May 09, 2019 19:49:40 IST

Chris Morris’ absence from South Africa’s original World Cup squad passed with nary a murmur from cricket’s chattering classes.

He has, for reasons of wavering consistency exacerbated by a string of injuries, not been involved in South Africa’s last 21 one-day internationals — although he has played nine T20s at that level since then.

File picture of Chris Morris. Solaris Images

File picture of Chris Morris. Solaris Images

But, less than three weeks after the squad was announced, Morris came back in from the ODI cold when Anrich Nortje fractured his thumb in the nets in Port Elizabeth.

Nortje’s fate would have disappointed many because he was the closest the selectors came to a surprise pick.

But his replacement, Morris, when he’s in form, comes with built-in dependability. He’s proved as much for Delhi Capitals in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), where he has counted KL Rahul, David Miller, Ben Stokes, André Russell and Parthiv Patel among the batsmen he has dismissed.

Morris was sold for US$625 000 in 2013 and US$1-million a year after that, and for him, the IPL has been the shop window that all players hope it will be.

He brings experience and pace to South Africa’s World Cup attack, and more than a little batting ability down the order.

Tall and rangy and blessed with an irrepressible sense of humour, Morris is the kind of player who lifts every team he plays for, both on the field and in the dressing room.

Andile Phehlukwayo will start the tournament as South Africa’s first-choice allrounder, but Morris won’t be far behind in the pecking order and he’s certainly ahead of Dwaine Pretorius.

And the fact that Morris has more pace than Phehlukwayo or Pretorius means he can be picked purely as a fast bowler with his batting a bonus — which has earned him half-centuries in all formats at international level.

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Updated Date: May 09, 2019 19:49:40 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254