Chris Morris ended the T20 international against Pakistan doing what he enjoys. He went down swinging, as he clubbed Shaheen Afridi into the SuperSport Park Centurion night, in an blistering cameo for the Proteas.
Though the South Africans lost that third match, they won a series that saw Morris getting back to the form he gas long been known for.
“I think a happy Chris Morris is a dangerous Chris Morris,” the lanky all-rounder explained on Friday, ahead of a return to Momentum One-Day Cup action this weekend.
“It has been a tough season, with injuries and a long period of inactivity. I might have lost sight of enjoying the game,” Mortis explained.
Now however, the all-rounder feels like he is finding his groove again. His pace with the ball was up against Pakistan, and his batting remains a very lethal weapon in the death overs.
“I think I got better and better as the series went on. It felt good to get through those tests, even though it was four overs. The intensity was there, and then the batting was a bonus,” he said of his performances.
Now, Morris returns to Titans colours, determined to change the fortunes of what has been an underwhelming season.
“It hasn’t been a good season, and we would be the first to admit that as players. We haven’t performed with the bat or ball. This competition does provide a chance for us to rectify things, and show that all those trophies we won were not by chance.”
The squad assembled this week, after a frustrating final week of red-ball cricket. Not a ball was bowled in Benoni, and so they have hit the nets and gym even harder this week.
“The boys are definitely up for this. We know that other franchise have improved this season, and we have a competition now that has all six teams competing hard. It’s exciting to see.”
Morris noted that up this was a chance for the Titans to illustrate that the last few seasons, flushed with success, had not been a fluke. There is an air of determination, fuelled by finishing last in the four-day competition. Thus, this 50-over shootout may well see the Titans find their mean streak again.
“It’s nice to contribute for your franchise. It’s never nice when your home is not in order, so we are looking forward to going out there, and ending the season on a high.”