Morris keen to stake his claim

01 December 2017 22:50:48 GMTPlus11
New South Africa coach Ottis Gibson.

Chris Morris is keen to make an impression on South Africa coach Ottis Gibson now he is fully fit again.

The Multiply Titans all-rounder has been out with a stress reaction in his back for the past four months, during which time Gibson succeeded Russell Domingo as the head coach of the Proteas.

"I was quite lucky that it was just a stress reaction and not a fracture, but it's been tough sitting on the sidelines. It's never nice watching when you just want to make amends for things not going so well in England," Morris said.

"I obviously want to stake a claim with the new national coach, but my body said 'take a break'. So now I have to prove I'm strong and show why I was in the side in the first place.

"It was not an easy process to go through because there's very little you can do with a back injury - you can't really exercise."

During his recuperation Morris has been working on a different approach to the crease designed to take stress off his back.

"The new run-up has only been used in the nets, but it all feels good," he added.

"Now I want to be part of the action because I love playing and being in the changing room."

South Africa are 7.00 to win the Twenty20 World Cup in 2020 while Pakistan can be backed at 15.00, India at 4.50 and Australia at 3.75.

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