Uncapped Australian Bowler Lance Morris feels he has the “best chance” to make his Test debut against India on February 9 after his season-high in wickets taken in the Sheffield Shield.
The 24-year-old dashing bowler, who can bowl at over 150 kmph, is one of 18 players named in Australia’s squad for the first two Tests of the prestigious four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
My best chance to play in India: Lance Morris
“I’m going to do everything I can to be as prepared as possible,” The West Australian was quoted by Fox Sports.
Australia’s fastest bowler Mitchell Starc will be unavailable for the first Test of the series, giving Morris a good chance to don the baggy green. Maurice has served as Starc’s backup and was a member of Australia’s Test squad during their recent series win over South Africa.
“If we’re being honest, this is probably my best chance to play there. We will see what happens,” Morris said.
“This is my first overseas tour in terms of cricket, so it will be a huge learning experience for me. I’m really excited to leave.”
Morris, a raw teenager from Dunsborough, about three hours from Perth in the picturesque Margaret River region of Australia’s west coast, was selected by Western Australia, where he made his first-class debut in 2020.
In his first year, he took 12 wickets in five matches. After that, he featured in every game of Western Australia’s drought-breaking Shield title defense last summer and claimed 20 victims. From his first five matches, Morris added 27 wickets to his total.
I’m probably a replacement for someone like Mitchell Starc: Lance Morris
Lance Morris, who has improved his bowling technique with the help of former Western Australia bowling coach Matt Mason, said earlier that he is still processing everything.
“They see me as a strike bowler and I’m probably a replacement for someone like Mitchell Starc, who is bowling fast and fierce,” he told cricket.com.au.
“It’s funny when I say that, because I can’t believe we’re actually in the same sentence. But I will come into that role (if Starc misses a Test), I think. It’s been a strange few weeks of training and being as prepared as possible, knowing that it could happen at some point,” she added.
Morris is currently balancing red and white ball cricket for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
“I’m trying to push the load where I can,” Morris, who has taken six wickets in three matches so far, said.
“If I’m playing, I’ll bowl four overs and go up a bit before or after the game. If I’m on the sidelines, I’ll be in the net making sure I’ve got the numbers under my belt,” she added.