Morris looking to cement allrounder spot


Chris Morris will be looking to cement a position as South Africa's premier allrounder in the upcoming triangular series in the Caribbean.

Morris impressed in the ODI series against England at home at the beginning of 2016, and has since gone on to have a great Indian Premier League campaign, justifying his million dollar price tag at the IPL auction. The weight of expectation on allrounders in any South African side is enormous though, and following in the footsteps of legends like Brian McMillan, Mike Procter and Shaun Pollock is a tall order indeed. Morris will compete for a place in the team with the rejuvenated Wayne Parnell.

In a recent interview with ESPN Cricinfo Morris had this to say:"It's quite a big responsibility to be the all-rounder in the team, it's an opportunity I am trying to grab with two hands. I am trying to grab it and go because it's what I want to do."

Morris has yet to graduate as a fully fledged allrounder, though his incredible match-winning 62 against England at the Wanderers was a great start, Morris is still seen as a bowler who can bat a bit but he is looking to change that, saying: "I have put a lot of hard work on especially my batting, I look at it as an exciting phase of my career. I am at an age where I think I can cement my spot and it's an opportunity to do it so I am going to give it my all."

The 29-year-old is looking to build on his experience in the IPL, where he took 13 wickets to finish as the Dehli Daredevils leading wicket-taker as well as proving handy with the bat, scoring 195 runs at an average of 65.00 including a devastating 32 ball 82, of his IPL experience Morris said: "The IPL was one a good one personally, it's a good place to learn more about yourself as a person and as a cricketer. It was a very good year for me. I will take a lot of confidence out of the IPL."

The paceman knows he will have to adjust quickly to conditions in the West Indies, saying: "I have never been [in the West Indies] before, it's going to take a couple of overs to adjust."

South Africa and Morris will look to hit the ground running when they kick off the triangular series with a clash with the hosts, the West Indies, before meeting Australia four days later.