After suffering a lower-back stress fracture during South Africa’s tour to England in August earlier this year, the prominent bowling all-rounder Chris Morris is eyeing to make a return for the Proteas.
The 30-year-old Pretoria-born was ruled out of the fourth Test against Three Lions which was held in Manchester (between August 4 and 7), before hosts seal the series 3-1.
“I was getting lazy and doing quite a lot of twisting, which caused a lot of pressure on my lower back and inevitably caused the injury,” Morris was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Out of action fast bowler Morris, who was trying to boost his speed which subsequently forced him to pay the price for being out of action for around four months.
“I think in striving for a bit of extra pace, there was some twisting in my action. I’ve got quite a bad kick-out with my left foot before I land,” Morris added.
With Morris set to adjust and work on his action, while expecting to make a comeback in the impending six-team Ram Slam T20 Challenge tournament which will kick off on Friday in South Africa, after Ram Hand to Hand courier company went on board to become the title sponsors.
“If I didn’t get injured I still would have had to change my action,” Morris asserted.
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Interestingly, the newly-appointed head coach Ottis Gibson has been of a great help of Morris while suggesting him to focus primarily on his fitness.
“I’ve had a few tweaks in my action that Ottis has changed. I’ve only had a week and a half with him and he’s been excellent. I had to iron it out because it wasn’t good enough – simple as that,” Morris further added.
The promising all-rounder Morris, who was at the launch of the domestic competition in Johannesburg, is expected to make a return in late November to represent his domestic side and reigning champions Titans which has registered four title wins since the inception of the tournament in 2003.
“I’ve got to trust the gym and rehab, all the things I’ve been doing behind the scenes since my injury happened,” Morris explained.
However, Morris seemed to be effective owing to his aggression, but it left him to work on his action if he is looking forward to a longer run in the gentleman’s game.
“We can’t re-scan the same injury because we’d see the same thing the whole time,” Morris concluded.
On the other side, injury-prone Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander have also undergone the rehabilitation programme, as both will be ready for the selection to feature against India in the grueling series in January next year.
Moreover, Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell were also marred by injury in the recent past and are expected to represent their state-sides later in the T20 Challenge.
Morris made his international debut in 2012 against New Zealand at Durban.
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Morris represented the Proteas in 29 ODIs in which he picked 33 wickets and bagged 20 wickets in 14 T20Is.