Chris Morris heartbroken for injured Anrich Nortje

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Allrounder Chris Morris expressed sympathy for the man he replaced in the Proteas World Cup squad, fast bowler Anrich Nortje.

Nortje fractured his thumb during a net bowling session as the quick was getting ready to return to action, having recovered from a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the Indian Premier League.

“Of course it was a bit of a shock to the system,” Morris told gathered press at Tuks’ High Performance Centre on Thursday. 

“It’s never nice to see someone get injured, so my first reaction was actually being heartbroken for Anrich. For a guy to miss out on the World Cup because of a broken finger is never fun … or any injury for that matter.

“It’s really nice to be here. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m going to enjoy every day here like I should.”

Morris said that he wasn’t angry about not being picked for the World Cup initially. He said selectors made it clear to him where he stood when he approached them for clarity during the T20I series against Pakistan. Morris has not played an ODI since February 2018.

“During the T20 series against Pakistan, I had an honest discussion with them,” said Morris.

“I really just wanted to know where I stood in terms of World Cup selection, because it’s something that does grab hold of you a bit. You’ve got the thought of what you’re performing for constantly at the back of your mind.

“There was so much noise about selection that I just wanted a bit of clarity.

“I wasn’t in line for the World Cup. I was behind a couple of players in the pecking order. I could appreciate the honesty and I understood the decision. There were guys that were performing better than me,” Morris added.

“You do feel a bit out of it, it takes a bit of time to accept. It happens, I’m not the first and won’t be the last. I moved on and just enjoyed my cricket. You won’t find any animosity here for not being picked initially.”

The Proteas will play in two official warm-up fixtures against Sri Lanka and West Indies ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England, which gets underway on 30 May.

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