Lance Morris has been parachuted into Australia’s Test squad for the second Test against West Indies, raising the collective eyebrows of cricket fans across the country.
The 24-year-old has played 18 first-class games for Western Australia, taking 59 wickets at an average of 25.08 and earning plenty of praise.
Morris burst onto the scene in the 2019/20 Big Bash season for the Melbourne Stars, before making the move into Sheffield Shield in late-2020.
The right-arm quick has drawn comparisons to former Test star Shaun Tait, with his ferocious pace and ability to strike fear into batsmen making Morris a huge threat.
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Morris was recorded as bowling 153km/hr last year during a Shield clash for WA, while many will remember the seamer snapping Shaun Marsh’s bat in a BBL game.
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His selection in the Australian squad came as a surprise to most cricket fans and experts, beating out the likes of Sean Abbott and Mark Steketee.
Why is Lance Morris in the Australian squad?
Morris has been brought in as injury cover for the second Test against West Indies, as skipper Pat Cummins deals with a quad injury suffered in Perth.
While he is unlikely to play ahead of Scott Boland, the decision to include Morris in the squad is a good sign for the West Australian and his chances of making the jump in the coming years.
Will Lance Morris play against West Indies?
Morris is unlikely to play the second Test against West Indies, despite being brought into the squad in the lead-up to Adelaide.
Pat Cummins remains a chance of playing in the match despite a quad injury, but it will likely be Scott Boland who replaces the skipper if he is ruled out.
How fast does Lance Morris bowl?
Lance Morris has been clocked in at 153km/hr while playing Shield cricket for WA, which puts him right up there with the world’s quickest bowlers.
In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, Morris said he still has room to improve his pace.
“I’m an attacking and intimidating bowler,” he said.
“I can get to the early 150s. I’m just settling into my body now. They say around 26 is when you basically mature as a bowler. I’ve got still room to get faster.”
Morris averages well into the 140s range on average – but is he the quickest Australia have to offer?
In comparison to the rest of the Australian fast-bowling cartel, Morris is seriously quick – but he still has a way to go until he can top Mitchell Starc’s fastest delivery of 160.4km/hr back in 2015. On average, Starc floats around the mid-140s and can push into the 150s with relative ease.
Pat Cummins tends to bowl around the high-130s and low-140s but has been clocked at over 150km/hr plenty of times, while consistent performer Josh Hazlewood bowls around the mid or high-130s on average.
Lance Morris career record