Million dollar man Chris Morris will give it his all for his Proteas’ teammates in their tri-nations tournament opener against the West Indies today (7pm).
Allrounder Morris has just arrived in the Caribbean from action in the Indian Premier League, trailing clouds of glory.
His personal highlight was an innings of 82 off 32 balls (4×4, 8×6) against the eventual winners of the competition, the Gujarat Lions, and he was included in the top composite team of the competition along with AB de Villiers.
It’s fair to say it’s a competition that has changed his life.
In 2013, he was sold for $625 000. then this year, he went one better, attracting a staggering contract of $1 million from his current team, the Delhi Daredevils.
He says: “Yeah, it was a very good year for me. The IPL is a nice opportunity to learn more about yourself and as a cricketer.”
Having said that, there’s nothing better for Morris than getting together with his countrymen again.
He adds: “We’ve been apart for so long, and it’s good to connect again in one team not a number of different teams.
“The mood is good, it’s always good to be back with the Proteas and make some fire again.
“The international game is a different animal, so while I take a lot of confidence out of the IPL, it’s good to be back on the international circuit.”
Morris says it is a “big responsibility” to be the team’s all-rounder, but adds that it is an opportunity he is trying to grasp with both hands.
The 29-year-old says: “This is an exciting time in my career.
“I’m at an age when I think I can cement my spot. It’s certainly a great opportunity to do so and I want to give it full horns.”
Morris has never played in the Caribbean before and he knows it will take some adjustment.
He adds: “I’m sure it will take a few overs to get used to the conditions, but there again they say that the conditions vary from island to island…”