Lance Morris finally made his debut for his country in the first one-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against the West Indies. But the 25-year-old’s nervousness overcame him as he was unable to secure a wicket. After being left off the field for the second One-Day International in Sydney, the bowler returned to the field in Canberra and took wickets of Teddy Bishop and Keacy Carty before leaving with a strained side.
The incident occurred as he was in his fifth over and the player was seen cooling the damaged area in the locker room. Lance Morris was transported for scans shortly after that in order to assess the extent of his damage. Cricket Australia (CA) has not yet released an official statement about the nature of the injury, but it is thought that the pacer may miss the next two Test matches against New Zealand, which start on February 29.
Lance Morris, meanwhile, talked candidly about his debut’s challenges prior to his second international game and mentioned that he felt a lot better in Canberra.
Without a doubt, I felt a little more at ease before today. Naturally, there are events happening all around you when you make your debut. The other day, I think I became a little emotional. It was undoubtedly a great relief to get the maiden wicket. Morris told Fox Cricket, “You take them as they come. It probably wasn’t the textbook nick-off.”
Lance Morris, in my opinion, has a little better rhythm today. Steven Smith
Morris’ bowling in the third ODI over the West Indies impressed captain Steven Smith. The 34-year-old said that the pacer from Western Australia was hitting the ball with more rhythm than he had in his debut and that they will find out about his ailment following the release of the scan results.
“His bowling was quite good. I believe he improved his rhythm a little bit today; perhaps the other day, when he made his debut, he was a little anxious.
However, he was only saying that he was having some difficulty and that he felt some side soreness as he was beginning to establish a beautiful rhythm. Thus, I believe they will learn more after he has a scan in the following 12 to 24 hours, Smith added.