Chris Morris

Morris is – on his day – as destructive a three-dimensional cricketer as his country could wish to find


Born: April 30, 1987

Role: Right-hand bat, right-arm fast-medium

That Chris Morris wasn’t selected in South Africa’s initial 15-man squad says more about the Proteas’ fast-bowling stocks than anything else.

Replacing the stricken Anrich Nortje, quite simply, Morris is – on his day – as destructive a three-dimensional cricketer as his country could wish to find.

Capable of bowling upwards of 88 miles per hour, the 32-year-old was comparatively late onto the professional scene, only making his first-class debut aged 22.

However, it is as a lower-order hitter where much of his recent value has come from; Indian Premier League stints with the Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils and the Chennai Super Kings, as well as a Caribbean Premier League spell with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots are testament to an ability to change games with both bat and ball.

While his international statistics are of a man whose career on the global stage has not, perhaps, taken off, he remains a deeply valuable option as the Proteas look to finally break their World Cup duck.

A match-winning 62 off 38 deliveries in an ODI against England back in 2016 – still his highest international white-ball score going into the World Cup – is both an indicator of Morris’ potential, but also of the curious stagnation of a natural talent who could yet prove South Africa’s trump card.


Hashim Amla

JP Duminy

Quinton de Kock

Andile Phehlukwayo

Faf du Plessis

Dwaine Pretorius

Aiden Markram

David Miller

Chris Morris

Lungi Ngidi

Kagiso Rabada

Tabraiz Shamsi

Dale Steyn

Imran Tahir

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