Lance Morris went from the “relief” and excitement of getting his first international wicket to the despair of walking off Manuka Oval mid-over with an injury concern as Australia dominated the West Indies in the third ODI clash.
The fast bowler dubbed the “wild thing” was three balls in to his fifth over when he took his hat from the umpire and walked, then jogged off the field in Canberra.
He was met on the boundary by the physio and together they headed down the race amid fears of an injury to the 25-year-old who had earlier rattled the Windies with deliveries in excess of 145kmh.
Four days removed from his international debut the real “wild thing” unleashed as Morris snared two wickets, the first after a sizzling catch from Marnus Labuschagne before he smashed in to the stumps of Windies batter Teddy Bishop.
Morris had figures of 2-13 from 4.3 overs, having come on first change after opening the bowling with Xavier Bartlett in Melbourne last Friday.
Before going off injured, Morris said he was better prepared for game two, having finished with 0/59 from 10 overs on debut, including being hoisted for two sixes.
“Huge relief, that’s for sure. Probably wasn’t the most text book nick-off, but you take it.
“Marnus is a freak behind there. Having him there is a huge advantage, he’s a ball magnet.
“There’s now doubt I felt a little bit more relaxed leading in to today. Naturally when you debut there’s things going on all around you. I probably got caught up in the emotion the other day. It’s nice to get away nice and early today.”
After Morris left the field to be assessed, Adam Zampa got in on the wicket-taking action before a crazy run-out left the the tourists reeling at 7-74 in the dead-rubber, Australia having already secured the series with wins in the opening two game.
Queenslander Ben McDermott was lifted out of a crunch Sheffield Shield clash and planted in the ODI squad after Matt Short’s hamstring injury, only to be named 12th man for the Canberra clash which was a dead-rubber.
McDermott had finished his batting duties, after making a first-innings century, but had to leave at least two teammates who had been cut down by gastro at the Gabba and fielded at less than 100 per cent in a close loss to Tasmania.
The push to get Spencer Johnson into any of Australia’s whiteball teams increased after his player-of-the-match effort in Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash triumph.
But he was overlooked for Heat teammate Xavier Bartlett for the ODI series, a decision franked by his stunning 4-17 on debut at the MCG.
The left-arm seamer also missed selection for the T20 series against the West Indies and the following once against New Zealand.
He is on standby for the Windies series, with Nathan Ellis under an injury cloud, but the best national selectors could do was include him as a sub-fielder in Canberra.
At least that means he gets to wear green and gold again after racking up two T20s for Australia and a single ODI late last year.