Australia’s fast bowler, Lance Morris, encountered an unfortunate setback during the third ODI against the West Indies in Canberra, casting doubts on his upcoming tour with the Test squad to New Zealand later this month. The promising young talent suffered a left side strain, putting his participation in the crucial Test series in jeopardy.
Morris exhibited an impressive performance in the ODI, securing his first two international wickets in a fiery spell that left the West Indies struggling, eventually being bowled out for a mere 86 runs. However, his stellar contribution was marred when, just three balls into the fifth over of his first spell, he experienced pain in his left side. Responding promptly, Morris left the field to undergo assessment, revealing the extent of the injury.
Cricket Australia swiftly confirmed Morris’ left side strain and announced his plans for a subsequent scan to determine the severity of the injury. The outcome of this examination will dictate his availability for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, set to commence in Wellington on February 29.
Although Morris is yet to make his Test debut, the injury poses a significant hurdle in his aspirations to contribute to the Test squad. His careful management during the early part of the Australian summer aimed at peak fitness for the Pakistan Test series. However, he remained on the sidelines as the trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood shouldered the fast-bowling responsibilities without any issues against both Pakistan and West Indies.
The unfortunate injury to Morris follows another setback for Australia’s backup Test paceman, Scott Boland, who experienced knee soreness during a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia. Despite concerns, Boland was able to bowl in the second innings after assessment.
Australia is anticipated to announce its Test squad for the New Zealand series in the coming week. The uncertainty surrounding Morris adds an element of challenge for the team management as they strategize for the crucial Test matches against New Zealand.
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