Fast bowler Chris Morris. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Fast bowler Chris Morris. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has recalled all-rounder Chris Morris to the limited overs squad for November’s tour of Australia.

Morris missed the series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe due to injury.

He will be joined by batting all-rounders Farhaan Behardien and Dwaine Pretorius‚ who are also making a return to the side.

Morris was a regular feature for the Proteas in white-ball cricket and played in 14 ODIs in 2017 and five against India at the start of 2018.

The return of Morris and Behardien will come in handy for Gibson as he will not have the services of experienced batters Hashim Amla and
JP Duminy.

Both will miss the trip Down Under due to injury.

The Proteas take on Australia in a three-match ODI series and a one-off T20 as they continue their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in England.

"Chris confirmed his fitness with his excellent form for the Titans in the first two rounds of the four-day domestic series‚" said Cricket SA national selection panel convener Linda Zondi. "He is the leading wicket-taker in this competition to date and also adds value as a batting option in the lower order.

"With Wiaan Mulder ruled out at the moment through injury we need to look at our resources as far as batting all-rounder options are concerned and Dwaine‚ in particular‚ fits into this category.

"We have also lost a lot of experience in our specialist batting order through the injuries to Hashim Amla and JP Duminy‚ and Farhaan gives us another experienced option in the top order," he said.

"We feel that we got quite a lot out of the Zimbabwe series‚ notably the form of Imran Tahir and the return of Dale Steyn to his very best.

"Heinrich Klaasen took his chances well with bat and behind the stumps and the same applies to a lesser extent to Reeza Hendricks in a series in which batting was not easy.

"We are confident that our Vision 2019 strategy for the ICC World Cup is progressing along the right lines‚" Zondi said.

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