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Chris Morris Raring to go after Long Lay-off Due to Injury

South Africa bowling all-rounder Chris Morris is all set to make a return to cricket after the prolonged gap since he picked the back spasm in England early this year.

The 30-year-old Pretoria-born Morris played his previous Test at the Oval which was won by England by 239 runs when Ben Stokes was adjudged Man of the Match for his outstanding performances.

Morris following the extensive rehabilitation programme will feature for the domestic side Titans against Lions in Johannesburg.

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Morris to focus on his strength. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Morris bagged three wickets and scored 26 runs in the match.

In the recent past, Morris has been struggling with the back injury which further forced him to work on his basics and focus on his strengthen then trying out for extra pace.

Moreover, it was the speed which forced the promising all-rounder to be sidelined for little over four months from the cricket field.

Morris was subsequently ruled out of the fourth and final Test.

Under the dynamic leadership of Albie Morkel, Titans side has been in some kind of form in the Twenty20 championship in South Africa.

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The reigning champions Titans so far won five T20 titles. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

So far, Titans won four matches out of five fixtures as they went on to collect 21 points to top the table.

With the addition of Morris, the core of the team will be strengthened as the Ram Slam T20 franchise Titans have had already availed the services of AB de Villiers followed by gloveman Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar.

Waiting eagerly to return for the national side, Morris believes the first push during the Ram Slam T20 Challenge competition would play a significant role and further give him an idea of how the body has shaped up owing to the recovery phase.

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Morris was part of the Proteas squad for ICC Champions Trophy. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

It would be interesting to see whether Morris would be a part of the South African squad, as his national side will host first-ever four-day Boxing Day Test in Port Elizabeth against Zimbabwe before taking on India from January 5, 2018, in Cape Town.

On the other side, it’s a crucial stage for Morris, in a bid to play the international season; the right-arm bowler has to prove his fitness to make it into the national fold.

Out of action, Morris, who has just played four Tests for the Proteas made his Test debut against England at Cape Town in June 2016.

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Morris was excited to don the white jersey for the Proteas. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

(Read Further: South Africa’s Chris Morris Aims for a Perfect Comeback)

So much so, Morris has played his part in the limited-overs format. He played 29 One-day Internationals followed by 14 Twenty20 Internationals.

He bagged 65 wickets across formats and went on to represent professional teams across the cricketing globe.


In the widely-acclaimed Indian Premier  League (IPL), the ninth edition of the IPL saw Morris was sold to Delhi Daredevils for whopping INR seven crore which eventually made him one of the highest paid professionals in the Proteas fold.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images.

South Africa’s Chris Morris Aims for a Perfect Comeback

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.

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Morris played four Tests for the Proteas in which he claimed 12 wickets at an average of 28.25. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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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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Morris made his Test debut in January 2016 against England at Cape Town. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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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.

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In 135 T20s, Morris bagged 166 wickets and scored 1,114 runs at an average of 24.75. Photo Credit: BackpagePix.

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.

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Morris aims for a long-term plan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Morris made his international debut in 2012 against New Zealand at Durban.


Morris represented the Proteas in 29 ODIs in which he picked 33 wickets and bagged 20 wickets in 14 T20Is.

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Chris Morris Ruled Out Of Test Series Against Bangladesh

All-rounder Chris Morris has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh. He is suffering from a back injury, and the team management is only expecting to avail his services during the limited over series, that will follow. Morris played his last Test against England during the third game in the four-match series.

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Kagiso Rabada. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The unavailability of Morris has now resulted in lack of pacers for South Africa as Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel are the only two regulars pacers in the side now. Vernon Philander has already been ruled out of the first Test, and Dale Steyn has also confirmed that he is not looking to make a Test comeback soon.

South Africa may have to import someone from the ‘A’ ranks to fulfill that one vacant spot in the line-up. They can also look for a fast bowling all-rounder, which will be like to like a replacement for Morris.

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The Test series between South Africa and Bangladesh starts from September 28, with the first test to be played at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. The second and last Test will be played at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. A three-match ODI and Two matches T20I series will follow the Test action.

South Africa is yet to announce the squad for the Test series. Meanwhile, Aiden Markram is expected to retain his place, and he might replace Heino Kuhn. Markram will also lead the team for the practice game against Bangladesh before the start of the international fixtures.

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Global T20 League: Durban Qalandars Pick Chris Morris Delighted over his Selection

South Africa bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, who is widely recognised as one of the best players in the Twenty20 format, revealed he is thrilled to be the part of South Africa’s own professional Global League.

“I just wanted to be a part of this exciting tournament that is taking place in my own country,” Morris was quoted as saying by Sport24.

Interestingly, the 30-year-old Morris on the first day of the inaugural draft was picked as the first player by the Global League franchise, Durban Qalanders. First choice for the franchises, Morris becomes a valuable buy, as he reiterated that the decision didn’t surprise him and his die-hard fans during the two-day draft.

“Very humbling. I think I’m the only person in this room to be surprised to go first, because everyone keeps telling me they’re not surprised,” Morris maintained.

Morris who bagged ZAR 1.755 million has expressed his satisfaction and eventually happiness after his teammates have also been roped in for the different franchises during the draft in Cape Town on August 27.

“I’m over the moon for some of the guys. I’ve messaged every single guy that I know that’s been picked. It’s good recognition for our players in South Africa,” Morris asserted.

Pertinently, Morris, who has lot of potential both with ball and the bat, revealed he didn’t gave a thought about the financial side of the league, as he was further keen to feature in the domestic competition.

“It’s not about the money for me,” Morris added.

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In 48 Indian Premier League (IPL) appearances for different outfits since February 2013, Morris scored 439 runs at an average of 36.58 and eventually bagged 53 wickets at an average of 23.77. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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On the other side, fast bowler Dane Paterson for South Western Districts paceman also earned the deal of ZAR 1.755 million alongside batting all-rounder Jon-Jon Trevor Smuts, who has played six international matches for South Africa.

“He’s been chosen first for his team and he’s just been opening the bowling for South Western Districts. It’s nice to see,” Morris concluded.

It’s pertinent that Durban-based outfit is owned by Fawad Rana, who has also owned Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Owing to the reputation, in the IPL Players’ Auction Morris fetched INR 7 crore deal in February last year, as the whooping amount was shelled out by Delhi Daredevils.

The maiden edition of the Proteas league will be beginning in the month of November, later this year. In 29 ODIs, Morris has bagged 33 wickets followed by four Tests and 14 Twenty20 Internationals. However, Morris has featured in 135 T20Is, in which he has bagged 166 wickets at an average of 25.30 and scored 1,114 at the average of 21.72.

England Vs South Africa 2nd Test: Chris Morris Hails Captain Faf du Plessis After Strong Show

That a captain can completely change the fortunes of a team was very much evident on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test between England and South Africa. The Proteas who were looking nothing less than a fragile unit in their 211-run defeat at Lord’s were all over the hosts in on the second-day, bowling out Joe Root & Co. for 205 to take a big 130 runs lead.

Faf du Plessis had failed with the bat in the first innings, scoring only 19 but made up for it with his brilliant tactics on the second day as he guided his team to a commanding position. Speaking after the day’s play, South Africa allrounder Chris Morris hailed du Plessis’ captaincy.

“It’s quite easy for everyone to say how good Faf is,” Morris said at the post-match conference. “It’s just his character. He lives for playing for the Proteas and is what a Protea should be. He lives for the team and he leads by example. He puts his body on the line and he doesn’t mind batting for three days to save a Test. When a guy leads from the front, a lot of guys will follow.”

“Faf is solid and quite clear with his plans and speaks a very good language with the team. He’s an excellent leader,” Morris added.

Du Plessis’ exceptional captaincy was very much proved with the way he handled Morris. The fast-bowling all-rounder had gone for 20 in his first three but after a brief chat with the skipper, he conceded only 18 runs in his next 5.5 overs in addition to picking up 3 wickets.

“The message was clear from Faf: be aggressive and bowl fast. For me that cleared any doubt on what I needed to do,” Morris said.

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Speaking about the fast-bowler-friendly Trent Bridge wicket, Morris said:

“On this wicket, you are quite happy with guys coming at you. There is just enough in this wicket for fast bowlers to be excited, and with overhead conditions, with the ball swinging and the way the Duke moves around, we don’t mind guys coming at us. Another day Joe [Root] is going to get 190, and another day he will get what he got today. It was a great counter punch by Joe but we don’t mind it.”

South Africa are firmly in the driver’s seat after finishing 75 for 1 on the second day, taking their overall lead to 205. And while Morris looked unsure of the target his team was planning to set, he looked confident of defending whatever target his skipper was going to set.

“800? I have got absolutely no idea,” he said. “The wicket is playing a little bit. It’s got a bit of juice in it. Whatever overhead conditions are… 200 could be enough on the right day. Obviously, we’ll try and bat as long as we can, and whatever decision Faf takes that we think will be possible to defend. That number, I don’t know. It’s my third Test. I just do the job and let the captain make the decision.”

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We Lost The Game At The Wrong Time In The Champions Trophy – Chris Morris

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has reiterated that his team’s disastrous exit from the just-concluded Champions Trophy was a case of losing a wrong game at the wrong time.

The Proteas entered the tournament as the number one ranked ODI side and proved their credentials with a thumping 96-run win over Sri Lanka in their opening encounter. However, the AB de Villiers-led side failed to make it through to the semi-finals after losing their following two games against Pakistan and India, respectively.

In their second game of the tournament, they suffered an embarrassing 19-run defeat at the hands of the lowest ranked side and eventual winners, Pakistan. And instead of smarting from the unexpected loss, the inaugural Champions Trophy winners looked out of sorts in their final group game against India, as they lost the virtual quarterfinal by nine wickets.

The early exit from the tournament only elevated South Africa’s reputation of being the perennial underachievers of the game and enhance their reputation of being the ultimate chokers of the game. However, Morris feels the Proteas’ unexpected loss was a matter of poor timing.

“I still maintain in the Champions Trophy we lost the game at the wrong time,” Morris told reports in Taunton after inspiring South Africa to a stunning comeback win against England in the second T20 International.

“We’ve been so good over the last 18 months and we just lost the game at the wrong time.  It’s been blown up in our faces that we never perform well in those tournaments,” he added.

South Africa’s first assignment after Champions Trophy did not start on expected lines, as England thrashed them by nine wickets in the first T20I but the Proteas returned to winning ways by winning the second match by only three runs.

The match, meanwhile, turned in South Africa’s favour, courtesy of Jason Roy’s disastrous run-out when he became the first player in a T20I to be given out obstructing the field. Chasing 171, England were 133 for two after the 15th over with Roy batting on 67. But Roy’s dismissal turned the match in South Africa’s favour, as England lost five wickets for just 46 runs in the last 6.3 overs to fall three runs short in a game they were looking destined to win.

Speaking about Roy’s dismissal, an apologetic Morris said: 

“It’s part of the rules. It looks a lot worse than it actually is with us appealing like that, but you’ve got to appeal to get a decision from the umpires. We’ll take it and run, but the on-field umpire told me at the time that the right decision was made.”

South Africa will look to win the series by winning the final match on Sunday (June 25) in order to have something to cheer about in the ongoing tour which began with an ODI series loss prior to the Champions Trophy.

“It’s been a tough tour,” admitted Morris. “Southampton wasn’t good for us obviously. England outplayed us there (in the first T20).  We weren’t good enough on the day, they absolutely destroyed us. We knew we needed to put up a good fight.

“It’s one hell of an honour to play for South Africa and I think the boys showed it. We proved out there we’ll scrap to win a game of cricket,” he added.


IPL 2017: Rabada, Morris, Mathews Leave IPL To Join National Squads

In the latest blow to Delhi Daredevils, their key players Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Angelo Mathews have left the ongoing season of Indian Premier League to join their respective national squads. While both Rabada and Morris join their squad in South Africa, Mathews have joined his team in Sri Lanka.

Talking of African teammates first, both the men will join their team ahead of three match ODI series against England before Champions Trophy, which will an opportunity for the team to assimilate to the conditions in England. However, Chris Morris had nursed an injury during IPL and nothing is clear about his injury

Angelo Mathews, the third Daredevils player to leave IPL, has flown back to Sri Lanka to join the week-long preparatory camp that kicked off on May 8 in Pallekelle. The 15-member of the team will prepare for the upcoming tournament, that kicks off on June 1 in England.

It is a big blow for Delhi as both Rabada and Morris had performed well for the team whereas though Mathews though was not given enough chances, but was the main backup player for the team soon as Corey Anderson will also leave the camp due to his international commitments. Now all the eyes will be on Karlos Braithwaite, who might be given the opportunity to perform the role of an all-rounder.

Delhi Daredevils will take on Gujarat Lions in their next game on May 10 in Kanpur, which will also be the first game for Gujarat at their second home ground.

Both the teams are already out of the race to the next round and it will be a contest between them to edge out the other side so as to keep itself ahead of the other.


IPL 2017: Twitter Reacts As Mumbai Indians Overcome Rabada-Morris Scare To Beat Delhi Daredevils

High-flying Mumbai Indians once again prove their strong title credentials by defending a low total against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Defending 142, the two-time IPL champions restricted the capital-based outfit to 128 for seven despite heroic performances from Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris to register their fifth win on the trot.

Delhi Daredevils began their chase in the worst possible manner, as Aditya Tare was run-out for a golden duck. The worst was yet to come, as Mitchell McClenaghan ran through the Delhi top order to reduce them to 21 for four.

Soon, the batting side was six down with just 24 runs on the board before Protea duo-Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris began the repair work.

With the pitch providing ample assist for the bowlers, the duo did not go for the fancy shots and instead kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos. They finally brought down the equation to 42 runs from the final three overs.

12 runs in the next over gave them some hope before Jasprit Bumrah ended the 91-run stand by dismissing Rabada for 44.

Zaheer Khan’s men needed 25 runs from the final over but managed to collect only 10 runs. Morris remained unbeaten on 52 off 41 balls.

Earlier, the in-form batting line-up of Mumbai Indians was restricted to 142 for eight courtesy of a disciplined bowling performance from Delhi Daredevils. The home side began their innings on a good note with Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel adding 37 runs for the first wicket but the floodgates opened once the latter was dismissed.

Mumbai kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and was reeling at 84 for five before Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya shared a partnership of 36 runs for the sixth wicket to take their team to a respectable total.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:




IPL 2017: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Daredevils Thrash Kings XI Punjab

Delhi Daredevils thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs in a one-sided affair at Kotla to register their second win on the trot.

Chasing an imposing 188, the visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and never looked in contention to chase down the big total. Manan Vohra (3) and Wriddhiman Saha (&) departed with only 21 on the board, as KXIP found it tough to deal with the early setbacks.

10 runs later, they suffered another body blow when their in-form batsman Hashim Amla was dismissed by Chris Morris. A 33-run stand between David Miller and Eoin Morgan stopped the rot for a while but a dismissal of the latter and Glenn Maxwell in a space of run all but quashed their hopes of staging a fightback.

David Miller also joined his teammates in the pavilion soon as the visitors were reduced to 88 for six in the 14th over. Axar Patel waged a lone battle from one end and was dismissed on the very last ball of the innings for 44, as KXIP were restricted for 137 for 9.

Earlier, a quickfire knock from Corey Anderson lifted Delhi Daredevils to a big total after they were looking destined to post a below par total after getting a good start.

Their openers Sam Billings and Sanju Samson gave them a solid start, adding 53 runs for the opening wicket. But the capital-based outfit was looking well set to squander the good start by losing wickets at regular intervals.

They were reeling at 131 for five at the end of the 16th over, before Corey Anderson and Chris Morris decided to unleash the big shots. Morris was dismissed after scoring 16 from only eight balls while Anderson remained unbeaten on 40 from only 22, as Delhi collected 57 runs from the last four overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:


IPL 2017: Match Stats – Rising Pune Supergiant Vs Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils opened their account in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League with a thumping 97-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday (April 12). After being asked to bat first, Zaheer Khan’s men posted a mammoth total of 205 for 4 courtesy of a brilliant century from Sanju Samson and a quickfire knock from Chris Morris. In reply, Pune, who were without their unwell skipper Steve Smith, could manage only 108 runs. This was their second consecutive defeat in the tournament after they opened their campaign with an impressive win against Mumbai Indians.

Here are the statistical highlights from the match:

  • Sanju Samson has now become the sixth batsman to score an IPL century for Delhi Daredevils.  Kings XI Punjab had 7 players scoring centuries in the tournament for them, the most number of players for any team.
  • An IPL century at an age of 22 years and 151 days has also made Samson the 2nd youngest player to score a century in the IPL . Manish Pandey holds the record of being the youngest IPL centurion when he scored a century in the second season of the IPL at an age of 19 years and 253 days.
  • 62 balls taken by Samson for reaching the three-digit mark is the 6th slowest century in IPL. The slowest century in IPL was scored by Manish Pandey when he took 67 balls to score the century in 2009.
  • All 10 Rising Pune Supergiant batsmen getting out ‘caught’ was the first instance in IPL where all 10 wickets were caught out in an innings. This is the 10th such instance in the shortest format of the game.
  • 62 runs scored by Delhi Daredevils in the powerplay overs are the most for them since they blasted 64 runs against the now-terminated Deccan Chargers in 2012.
  • 82 runs scored by Delhi Daredevils in the last 5 overs of this game are the most for them in any IPL game from 16-20 overs. They never managed to score more than 70 runs in the last 5 overs of an IPL game previously.
  • Delhi Daredevils’ 97-run win is the joint 8th biggest win in terms of runs in IPL and it is also their biggest win in the history of the tournament. Their  previous biggest win in terms of runs came in 2010 when they beat the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals by 67 runs.
  • Delhi Daredevils’ total of 205/4 is their 3rd highest total in IPL so far. Their highest is 231/4 vs Kings XI Punjab in 2011.
  • Delhi Daredevils’ last 200-plus total had come during the 2012 season. This was only their 3rd total of 200-plus in the history of the IPL.
  • Chris Morris’ strike-rate of 422.22 is the 3rd highest strike-rate in a Twenty20 innings for any player. (Minimum 30 runs).  Highest is 442.85 by Mark Ealham who scored an unbeaten 31 in 7 balls.
  •  Chris Morris’ 422.22 strike-rate is the first instance of a player having 400+ strike-rate is an innings in IPL. (Minimum 30 runs). Previous best: 387.5 by AB de Villiers during his 31 off 8 balls in 2013 vs Pune Warriors India.