The upcoming Test series between India and Australia is creating a lot of excitement about the inclusion of fast bowler Lance Morris, who is known as “Wild Thing” due to his exceptional pace.
Morris is considered to be in the league of other fast bowlers like Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, and Mitchell Johnson, who can strike fear into opponents with their speed.
Morris has made a name for himself in the Sheffield Shield and BBL by consistently bowling above 150kmph, making him a valuable addition to the Australian team.
Morris is seen as a suitable replacement for Mitchell Starc, who is ruled out of the first Test, and with his express pace and accuracy, he is expected to trouble the Indian batting lineup.
What did Morris Say?
Morris himself is highly motivated and is preparing himself to be ready for the match, “I am doing absolutely everything I can to be as ready as possible. If we’re talking honestly, that’s probably my best chance of playing over there. We’ll see what happens” Morris said in a press conference.
Apart from Mitchell Starc, Australia does not have a bowler who can consistently clock 150kmph, making Morris an x-factor in the team. Morris is also known for his skiddy and deceptive bouncer, which makes him a difficult bowler to face.
The Scorchers player in BBL is excited to make his debut in test cricket, “It’s nice to be back competing. I was probably bowling to the back of the net for about four or five weeks there, so it’s nice to be out there in the middle and bowling to some of the best batters going around at the moment,” Morris said.
According to sources, the Australian cricket team is planning to hold a brief training camp in Bangalore before the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy series against India in February and March.
Will India Win?
The team will spend a short period in Bangalore before heading to Nagpur for the first Test match, which begins on February 9th. This will be Australia’s first visit to India since their 1-2 series loss in 2017.
India has since recorded two series victories over Australia, the most recent being the historic win at The Gabba, where Rishabh Pant led India to chase over 300 runs to win the series.
Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has urged the Indian team management to consider playing key players in the next round of the Ranji Trophy ahead of the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy series against Australia.
Jaffer believes that playing some key players in the domestic tournament will provide valuable game time and help them to be better prepared for the series.