Chris Morris definitely reminded viewers of a certain Lance Klusener with his audacious stroke play in the fourth ODI at Johannesburg. Chasing 263 to win, South Africa were rocked early as Stuart Broad castled Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock too was cleaned up by Stokes. The run out of skipper AB De Villiers put the hosts in a tricky situation and all seemed over when the score was 191-6, when Farhaan Behardien was dismissed.
In walked Chris Morris and he did all justice to the tag of an “all rounder” that was associated with him. Over the due course of his career, people had often questioned Morris’ ability with the bat but last night, he surely made it evident that he was more than handy with the bat. He simply tore into the English seamers and blasted his way to 62 off just 38 deliveries. His carnage meant that South Africa won the game with 16 balls to spare and kept the series alive.
Morris however, admitted that he still hadn’t cemented his place in the ODI team. “I’m trying my hardest to cement a spot in the team,” Morris said. “I wouldn’t say I’ve leapfrogged over anybody. There are still a couple of guys who should be given an opportunity if they put in the performances but I’ve put in a lot of work on my batting. Eventually it has to pay off and tonight it was my turn to show off that I am pushing for that allrounder spot.”
“As a cricketer you live for those pressure situations,” Morris said. “I kind of enjoy being put under pressure because that’s where you get tested as a character and a cricketer,” Morris concluded.