Sun. May 26th, 2019

Chris Morris caps big week with Hampshire T20 Blast deal

Chris Morris has committed himself to staying in England after the World Cup after signing on for a stint in the T20 Blast with Hampshire.

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Allrounder Chris Morris has signed on for a stint in the Vitality T20 Blast with Hampshire a day after being called up to the Proteas World Cup squad.

Morris will join former Proteas teammates Rilee Rossouw and Kyle Abbott on the English south coast for the T20 tournament that takes place in July and August.

The Proteas are not in action during that period and Morris is expected to be available for the duration of the tournament. After the Cricket World Cup ends, South Africa’s next scheduled assignment is a tour to India in October.

Morris has worked with Hampshire’s South African coach Adi Birrell before, during his time in the backroom staff of the Proteas.

The Titans allrounder is currently in India with the Delhi Capitals, whom he has helped into the playoffs. Morris has taken 13 wickets in his nine matches but hasn’t had much of an opportunity to impress with the bat.

Morris is a crafty and experienced bowler and would add plenty of finishing power to most middle-lower orders. His previous T20 experience outside of South Africa had been limited to the IPL and Caribbean Premier League.

Another Proteas allrounder, Dwaine Pretorius signed on for a Blast campaign with Northants in late April.

“I am really stoked to be joining Northamptonshire for the T20 Blast and for some red ball cricket,” Pretorius said. “I have always wanted to play county cricket – personally it’s a dream come true and I can’t wait for the opportunity. I will be doing everything I can to help the Steelbacks lift the cup and I’m thankful for the opportunity to be part of the team.”

The Proteas Aiden Markram was Hampshire’s overseas professional for a stint that included two first class games and eight Royal London One-Day Cup matches. He scored 581 runs and continued his excellent 50-over form.

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