South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17 March 15, 2017

Morris heads home from New Zealand


Chris Morris will not be adding to his Test caps in the near future © Getty Images

Allrounder Chris Morris will return home from South Africa's touring party in New Zealand on Friday, reducing their contingent of quicks to five.

With offspinner Dane Piedt joining the squad at the weekend, to bolster the spin options for the Hamilton Test, Morris has been deemed surplus to requirements.

That means Morris' hopes of adding to his two Test caps, which he earned against England last January, will have to wait until at least July when South Africa travel to England.

Morris' departure leaves South Africa with Wayne Parnell and Duanne Olivier was back-up to the pace pack of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • id.sam0807116 on March 17, 2017, 7:39 GMT

    I don't understand about South African selection. Why Morris has been selected? Morris is well known for striking the ball in short formats, but coming to Test level you need patience and skill. Selectors must select the patient players who can adapt to the Test level.

  • dylan on March 17, 2017, 2:51 GMT

    @CRICFAN9326008315: no4-no6 are considered middle order bat. So he has been batting at 5 & 6 for the majority of his career. With a few at 7 and a few at 4. In case you are not aware it is more difficult to hit runs the higher you bat. Your reasoning is the only reason he has not hit runs is because he doesn't bat more at 4. His avg is not even close to middle order bats of top test nations. He is not a genuine spinner (good part timer) and he is not a good enough bat...... So why is he being selected as a specialist bat?... Hardly ever should one select a player in tests for their secondary skill or a bits and pieces player. Best 5 bats + best wicky/bat + best 4 bowlers....

  • Dwain on March 16, 2017, 19:44 GMT

    SA people see colour in everything. Morris doesn't offer anything different. He is selected on his bowling and he certainly wouldn't jump ahead of the queue over Olivier. Parnell is a left handed bowler, a variation and a different option. its not a political choice, its a cricketing decision which makes sense

  • akonda8707277 on March 16, 2017, 17:18 GMT

    all those who are talking in favor of quota not getting in the way of good selection can you please explain to me why someone like dwaine pretorius and theunis de bruyn was not handed a contract when even Phangiso and Shamsi were?

  • thandi6036317 on March 16, 2017, 15:04 GMT

    Dillyk:You forget that Duminy has been a lower order batsman most of his test career therefore his average reflects that. It's only recently with the absence of AB that he is batting at 4. He is on par with other lower order batsmen in terms of his test batting average. He also offers spin which is valuable and something that De Bruyne and Rossouw don't have. He is also a senior member of the test team which is way better than the newcomers u suggest for his place in the squad. In conclusion Duminy is very valuable to this test team and he is not there because of the colour of his skin

  • dylan on March 16, 2017, 12:01 GMT

    @Sameold: Basing selection on any criteria other than performance is contrary to the ethos of sport. I have no problem with Bavuma getting an extended run to prove himself, as any batsmen needs time to find his groove. But Duminy is a top order bat with over 40 tests and he can't avg 35.. simply not good enough for one of the top test teams. That he is talented there is no doubt, but so was rudolph, dippenaar, zander, van zyl ect. They all got dropped because their talent did not match their output. If you said you are selecting him as an batting allrounder for a subcontinent game....even then No, simply is not consistent. But because of quotas he has denied Rossouw, De Bruyn exposure. Hence they won't be given time to settle, if any ever gets a chance. Parnell can be fast and once in a while can even get shape out of the hand but he is very inconsistent. Morris has about the same speeds but he can get late inswing and his areas are very good, it is actually an easy selection.

  • conrad2738119 on March 16, 2017, 11:05 GMT

    Nicely said, SAMEOLD. The quota bleating gets exhausting. And is increasingly devoid of cricket analysis and objective consideration.

  • Beau on March 16, 2017, 10:17 GMT

    @FLAT TRACK: Nope. I think Abbott probably made the right choice. Steyn, Vern, Morkel, Rabada, etc. Just too much competition for spots, simple. Bavuma is a batsman. Batsmen get a long run to establish themselves all the time. Diminy again proved his worth just hours ago, cuttung through the NZ tail. @SHONGOLO: While he may not be the equal of Vern or Rabada (who is?), Parnell averages in the 20s in all three international forms. Surely that's a player worth keeping around? Arguments can be made about whether these guys should be in the team/squad or not. But there is no horrible, systematic injustice here. These are hardly club cricketers brought in to make up the numbers. They are not keeping obvious superstars, waiting in the wings, out of the side. And, for pete's sake, the side is winning! Quite a lot. Everywhere. Morris went home because he isn't really a test cricketer, he's a short form guy. Trying to spin this into 'another' quotas disaster is just ridiculous.

  • sbinni3300312 on March 16, 2017, 9:04 GMT

    sameold I bet you complained when Abbott signed a Kolpak and called him a mercenary. For every Rabada and Philander, there is a Duminy or Bavuma.

  • Paul on March 16, 2017, 8:54 GMT

    I'll give you the strong tip, SAMEOLD - Rabada, Amla and Vern would have been selectrd regardless as they came through the system, were talented and deserving. It's people like Parnell, Kleinvreldt, Behardien and a host of others who are quota beneficiaries. But to steal your words, delusional, but if it fits your argument...

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