• Three bests from Morris on his birthday

    Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris turned 33 years old on Thursday, 30 April 2020. Morris has not played international cricket since the 2019 World Cup.

    South Africa’s best bowler at 2019 World Cup

    • Morris took more wickets than any other Proteas bowler at last year’s World Cup, despite not being included in the squad initially. He was a late addition in the absence of the injured Anrich Nortje and claimed 13 wickets in eight fixtures. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo snared 11 each. Morris’ tally was among the top 20 at the 2019 World Cup, flanked by West Indian Sheldon Cottrell’s 12 and Australian Pat Cummins’ 14.

    Best with the bat in Test cricket

    • Morris has played just four Tests – all against England in 2016 and 2017. Thereafter, he was publicly deemed not good enough to be the third seamer in a bowling attack with a specialist spinner. His Test best with the bat came on debut at Newlands. The right-hander spent almost three hours at the crease to complement double centurion Hashim Amla and centurion Temba Bavuma with a fighting 69 down the order.

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    One of the Delhi Capitals’ best

    • Morris was recently named in an all-time best XI for the Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Daredevils) in the Indian Premier League. The XI featured two other South Africans in fast bowler Morne Morkel and batsman JP Duminy. He is not with the Delhi franchise anymore, having joined countrymen AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn at the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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