05/03/2024

Lance Morris is raring to go for the opening test against Pakistan (Photo: cricket.com.au)

West Australian tear-away quick Lance Morris is excited about the summer of cricket ahead as he presses his claim for a test debut.

The 25-year-old is in Australia’s 14-man test squad for the three-test series against Pakistan starting tomorrow at Optus Stadium in Perth.

Last summer, he nearly won his first test cap having being called upon as an injury replacement ahead of the second test against the West Indies in Adelaide.

With frontline veteran pace bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, and Josh Hazlewood leading the attack, a spot for Morris in the opening test looks unlikely. However, he is keeping an open mind about the possibility of donning the Baggy Green for the first time.

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“If I could manage to get a home test, that would be obviously ideal,” he said.

“I don’t know if that’s realistic, but I’ll take anything that comes my way. So I just need to be ready for an opportunity if it does arise.”

Morris, dubbed ‘The Wild Thing’ for his barnstorming bowling in excess of 145 km/h, said being around the veteran trio will add further variety to his bowling caper.

“There’s some amazing players that have been at the top level for a long time. If anything for me, I think that it’s probably using their knowledge and trying to fast-track some learnings that I can take into my own game,” he said.

The opening test starts tomorrow at 10:20 WA local time, 1:20 AEST.

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