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Full name Christopher Henry Morris
Born April 30, 1987, Pretoria, Transvaal
Current age 27 years 332 days
Major teams South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, Lions, North West
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Relation Father - WF Morris
|ODI debut||Pakistan v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 10, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Jul 23, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Durban, Dec 21, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Mar 3, 2013 scorecard|
|First-class debut||North West v South Western Districts at Potchefstroom, Dec 17-19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Dolphins v Lions at Durban, Mar 19-22, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||North West v South Western Districts at Potchefstroom, Dec 20, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warriors v Lions at East London, Feb 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Dolphins v Lions at Durban, Feb 20, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lions v Knights at Johannesburg, Dec 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|57, 1/65, 17, 2/46||Lions||v Dolphins||Durban||19 Mar 2015||FC|
|3/40, 6, 2/66||Lions||v Knights||Bloemfontein||12 Mar 2015||FC|
|3/26, 11, 3/53||Lions||v Warriors||East London||26 Feb 2015||FC|
|0/53, 57, 1/30||Lions||v Dolphins||Johannesburg||19 Feb 2015||FC|
|3, 0/53||Lions||v Warriors||East London||8 Feb 2015||LA|
|35*, 2/23||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Benoni||5 Feb 2015||LA|
|3/50, 58*||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Pretoria||2 Feb 2015||LA|
|-||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Potchefstroom||31 Jan 2015||LA|
|0, 2/23||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Bloemfontein||25 Jan 2015||LA|
|2/51, 7, 1/82||Sth Africa A||v Eng Lions||Bloemfontein||18 Jan 2015||FC|
When the bustling, big-hitting allrounder became a rarity on the South African cricket landscape, Chris Morris showed the species was not as endangered as once thought. The son of a former Northern Transvaal first-class cricketer Willie, Morris was a bit of a late bloomer but his eventual flowering was worth the wait.
A pacy opening bowler, Morris often sends the speed gun beyond 140kph. Apart from speed, his accuracy with the ball and fearless lower-order ability with the bat resulted in enough performances of note to earn him a national call-up before he had even played a full season of first-class cricket.
After finishing the 2011-12 season as the leading wicket-taker in the domestic 20-over competition, with 21 scalps at 12.66, Morris was picked in an experimental South African side to play a T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe. He was in the presence of his childhood hero Allan Donald, and used the experience as a learning one more than anything else.
The knowledge he gained from that showed in the 2012 Champions League T20, where Morris combined with the likes of Sohail Tanvir and Dirk Nannes to provide a powerful seam attack for the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise. They reached the final of the competition and although they lost, Morris made an impression.
On the basis of that tournament, he was one of the big buys of IPL and went to Chennai Super Kings for a US$650,000. At the time, Morris remarked that he had "never seen so much money". By then, he had already played for South Africa in T20Is against New Zealand and Pakistan.
But limited-overs is not his speciality. Morris had a promising 2010-11 first-class season where he averaged over 60 with the bat, albeit in the provincial, not franchise division, in South Africa. He also led the Lions' charge in the 2012-13 Sunfoil Series and finished with 32 wickets at 16.00, which included bowling them to a crucial victory over the Dolphins at the Wanderers.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.